In recent years, the relation between citizens and the state has changed dramatically. As electoral turnout and party membership have declined, political systems have implemented various new forms of democratic participation. Also in political science research, there is a growing interest in democratic innovation, with research on e.g. deliberative politics, referenda, ‘between election democracy’, and other emerging forms of citizen involvement. Research on this new field of democratic innovation requires both theoretical and empirical innovation, and it creates a number of new opportunities for comparative research.
In this seminar, we invite a number of leading authors on these topics, who will introduce the debate on what forms of democratic innovation imply for political science research.
Participation is free, but please register before November 14, with a mail to Ms. Greet Louw, Department of Political Science, Parkstraat 45, B-3000 Leuven (Greet.Louw@soc.kuleuven.be).
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