Current Crisis of Democracy – An International Comparison

International Workshop for Young Scholars at the University of Vechta

For several years already and in many different countries, presidential and parliamentary democracies have come under severe pressure. While the motives vary in different contexts, the current crises are basically characterized by autocratic and populist trends as well as a loss of confidence in political institutions. Using the example of different crisis scenarios in a number of different countries, the international workshop "Current Crisis of Democracy – An International Comparison" will pose the question whether these crises are a fundamental and substantial threat for a democracy or rather a temporary phenomenon, the overcoming of which could, in medium term, even contribute to a strengthening of the democratic system. Comparative explorations of different national crises may likewise bring to light whether, despite the differences, common international strategies to cope with the respective crisis are to be expected or stronger participatory forms of democracy at regional and local levels. A further question pertains the issue of current post-democratic tendencies and whether they will prevail. The official language is English. A publication of the contributions is intended. 

Politics, sociology and social sciences, history, cultural studies, philosophy and related fields

11 -15 June 2018

Target group
Participation is open to young scholars, especially PhD students and post-docs from the relevant disciplines.

Dr. Natalia Petrillo
Head of International Office
University of Vechta
Phone 49 (0) 4441 15 613
E-Mail natalia.petrillo[at]uni-vechta[dot]de

Call for Papers (PDF)