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Norface: Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age

Europe (Central and Eastern)
Democracy
Elections
European Union
Governance
Government
Institutions
Comparative Perspective
INN209
Jana Laura Egelhofer
University of Vienna
Martin Lodge
The London School of Economics & Political Science

Building: A, Floor: 2, Room: SR6

Tuesday 09:00 - 10:45 (23/08/2022)


Abstract

Democratic politics and governance in Europe are facing turbulent times. Party systems have crumbled or been substantially changed and so have citizen attachments to government, political parties and democratic procedures. This panel presents first insights of the sixth NORFACE transnational programme Democratic governance in a turbulent age (GOVERNANCE): Democratic politics and governance in Europe are facing turbulent times. Party systems have crumbled or been substantially changed by new parties, including populist parties, and new social movements. Parties in power at the national and regional levels have called into question constitutional arrangements and guarantees once thought to underpin modern democracies. Such political changes have in part resulted from changes in the nature and form of citizen attachments to government, political parties, and democratic procedures. The financial crisis of 2007-8 raised questions about the ability of European governments to provide a framework for economic security and the pursuit of redistributive policies. Government itself has changed significantly over the past quarter century, with a growing role for ‘arm’s length’ agencies and regulatory bodies, international governance structures and private sector organisations. This NORFACE funded programme on Democratic governance in a turbulent age offers a timely investigation of the precise nature of this recent turbulence, on how European states can negotiate it and develop strategies to enhance the quality of democratic politics and governance. The programme encompasses fourteen international projects that investigate five of the most important challenges to democratic governance and politics, i.e., inequality and redistribution, the evolving politics of threat, the democratisation of information, shifting identities and representation, and the changing authority of institutions. In this panel, four projects present first results of their research.

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