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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.

Key projects

  • 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)

External funding

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).

Societal stakeholders

Ministry of the InteriorRaad voor het Openbaar Bestuur (ROB);  Municipality of NijmegenInternational Labor Organization, Geneva; Ministry of Foreign Affairs