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Solutions for Sustainable Democracy

An understanding of contemporary challenges to democracy and representation offers insight into possibilities to renew and reinvent democracy, in order to meet such challenges. The department is known for its expertise in the pros and cons of institutional reform, especially electoral reform, the development of forms of direct democracy (such as referendum), participatory budgeting and citizens’ juries.

External funding

This research theme is recognized in the award to of an NWO VIDI award to Jacobs in 2019. Over the past years it has been supported by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and the Gelderland Province.

Societal stakeholders

Societal stakeholders include the Dutch Ministry of the Interior; the Gelderland Province; the cities of Nijmegen and Duiven; Raad voor het Openbaar Bestuur (ROB); various political parties; Telders Foundation, and the Province of Flevoland.