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The crisis of representative democracy and the European promise

Seminar: BA, Sozialwissenschaften- Vertiefung, 8 ECTS

Montag, 11.15 - 12.45 Uhr

Veranstaltungsbeginn: 13.10.2014

Raum: Logenhaus (LH) 120

The crisis of representative democracy and the European promise Representative democracy is in crisis. There are many reasons: economic globalisation and the domestic pressure to reform social systems towards more efficiency; the internet and new concepts of liquid democracy and electronic representation; the marginalisation of national parliaments and the growing importance of governments; and, last but not least, the growing social fragmentation and its implication of political resignation in many parts of modern societies. The class will undertake in its first part a review of recent contributions to the analysis of the crisis of democracy. In its second part, we will analyse whether and in how far the European integration process promises a convincing way out of the crisis and a revitalization of the promise of representative democracy.

Literatur: Ein Reader wird zu Beginn des Semesters über moodle bereitgestellt

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: regelmäßige, aktive Mitarbeit

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: max. 30 TN, Anmeldungen ab dem 22.09.2014 per Mail an

Leistungsnachweis: Referat und Hausarbeit

Sprache: Englisch