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Political Institutions and Democratic Anxieties

Comparative Politics
Democracy
Institutions
S45
Corinna Kroeber
University Greifswald
Pedro Riera
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Comparative Political Institutions


Abstract

Can the design of political institutions help to address fundamental challenges faced by representative democracies around the world? Political polarization, corrupt politicians, unequal responsiveness, underrepresentation of women and minorities and the rise of populism are some of the pressing democratic anxieties that might be tackled by institutional reforms (among others). However, scholars do not agree on the promises and pitfalls of institutional reform, and potential trade-offs abound. In this section, we would like to help move these important debates forward by bringing together panels and papers dealing with political institutions, their reforms and the effects they might unfold on various challenges for representative democracies. Comparative analyses and case-studies are welcome.
Code Title Details
P040 Institutional Engineering View Panel Details
P097 Effects of Political Institutions on Parties and Legislators View Panel Details
P172 Institutional Challenges for Democratisation View Panel Details
P418 The Role of Institutions: Theoretical and Empirical Insights View Panel Details