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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 legitimacy; causes and consequences of populism; the role of social media; inclusiveness; and political trust.

Key publications

External funding

This research theme is recognized in the awarding of NWO VENI awards to Jansen (2013) and Meijers (2019) an of a EU grant to Lehr (2018).

Societal stakeholders

Ministry of the Interior; Raad voor het Openbaar Bestuur (ROB)Municipality of Nijmegen; International Labor Organization, Geneva