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Democratic Innovations

Standing Group

Established 2010 - Number of members: 495

Steering Committee Chair

  • Marina Lindell (Åbo Akademi)

Steering Committee

  • Azucena Moran (Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) - Helmholtz Center Potsdam (GFZ))
  • Michael Morrell (University of Connecticut)
  • James Pow (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Hannah Werner (KU Leuven) Co-Chair
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The focus of the Standing Group is on innovations that aim at deepening 'thin' representative democracy and their impacts on communities, structures, systems, policies and democratic participation. Despite a fundamental triumph of democracy, several tendencies in contemporary democratic systems give rise to concern, e. g. declining voter turnout and the support for populist parties or policies. Many scholars have called for more participatory forms of democracy where citizens are effectively included in political decision-making. By now, several democratic innovations have been tried out – different forms of citizen deliberation, direct democracy or governance with citizens’ associations. The focus of the Standing Group is to evaluate the benefits, disadvantages and shortcomings of democratic innovations. The SG organizes sections at the ECPR General Conference, and sponsors Workshops at the Joint Sessions.