Democracy and Participation

The working group addresses challenges for the future of democracy, especially as they have come to light in the wake of the financial and austerity crisis. It deals with socially controversial debates about flight, migration, and minorities as well as conflicts related to housing, urban development, and neighborhoods. In future, we plan include the debates on climate change and decarbonization and pandemic policy, as well as those on the political role of scientific expertise.
The focus is, on the one hand, on opportunities for political participation beyond the mere election of ruling elites and, on the other, on the specific participation problems of marginalized groups and the problems of expertocracy and of populist counter-movements.

Coordinators: Hermann Kocyba, Maria Kontos, and Chantal Magnin