Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
The future of contemporary democracy is much debated, particularly in terms of (perceived) deficiencies in representation in politics. The department offers renowned research in vital dimensions of the debate including: causes and consequences of democratic erosion; causes and consequences of populism; the role of social media; inclusiveness; and democratic legitimacy and political trust.
- Are You Being Represented? (Jacobs; Kets, Lehr, Meijers, vanElsas, vanHam, BvanLeeuwen, Ruth-Lovell, Wissenburg, Manevska)
- Populism: Threat or Opportunity? (Zaslove; Verbeek; Jacobs, Meijers, Vossen)
- Democratic Backsliding and Authoritarianism (vanHam; Meijers; Zaslove)
This research theme is recognized in the awarding of an NWO VENI award to Meijers (2019); an EU grant to Lehr (2018); and a Gerda Henkel Foundation grant to Kets (2020).