Hat Demokratie eine Zukunft?

Date: 1 February 2012
Convenors: Philippe Blanchard (Bielefeld, GER), Ulrike Davy (Bielefeld, GER), Véronique Zanetti (Bielefeld, GER)

Will democracy be able to deal with the challenges of globalization? The citizens’ confidence in democratic institutions and their representatives is fading but the idea of Democracy is still attractive. More than 160 participants joined the second ZiF-Konferenz on the “Future of Democracy”. They discussed issues such as the historical sources of the modern democracy, the advantages of procedures of direct democracy besides the parliamentary system, the possibilities the new digital media offer for participation and the risk of sacrificing democratic deliberation to an efficient organisation of global markets and of losing the citizens’ interest and cooperation in the process of globalisation. Democracy can only work when everyone feels responsible and this will only happen when there are convincing possibilities for political participation: that was one of the results of the ZiF-Konferenz 2012.

Conference Programme

Was ist Demokratie?
Julian Nida-Rümelin (München, GER)

Broadcast on 11 April at Deutschlandradio Wissen: Hörsaal
Direkte Demokratie im Grundgesetz?
Horst Dreier (Würzburg, GER)

Broadcast on 16 April at Deutschlandradio Wissen: Hörsaal
Demokratie in der europäischen Krise
Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg, GER)

Broadcast on 17 April at Deutschlandradio Wissen: Hörsaal
Digitale Medien: Neue Wege politischer Partizipation?
Volker Wulf (Siegen, GER)

Broadcast on 18 April at Deutschlandradio Wissen: Hörsaal
Alle Staasgewalt geht vom Volke aus! Bemerkungen über einige praktische Erfahrungen und ihre Folgen.
Burkhard Hirsch (Düsseldorf, GER)

Broadcast on 18 April at Deutschlandradio Wissen: Hörsaal

Please direct questions concerning the organisation of the workshop to Marina Hoffmann at the Conference Office. Questions regarding scientific content and contributions should be directed to the organizers.

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