Democracy in Crisis: The End of Politics as We Know it?
The events of the most recent past – the electoral success of parties with latent or openly anti-democratic goals and the growing political polarization – have provided grounds to be concerned about the stability of democracy in many regions of the world, but particularly in the supposedly stable democracies of the West.
As a result of these events, the belief in democracy as a patent remedy for the stabilization and modernization of nations has been significantly weakened. In many European countries, the conviction is disappearing that universal participation in political decision-making is necessary, sometimes going as far as the specific intention of limiting civil rights for certain sections of the population. This is often connected to a loss of trust in the authority of law as an instrument of conflict resolution and balancing of interests. This change in public opinion can also be observed in foreign policy. Only a decade ago, attempts were still being made to establish democratic institutions in underdeveloped countries with external and, in some cases, military intervention, trusting in the stabilizing and modernizing power of these institutions. In many cases, however, this induced transformation process is now in danger of faltering or even failing. It indeed appears that the democratic form of government itself, even in Western countries, is losing its appeal, with openly anti-democratic parties gaining both support and power.
The CAS research focus will aim to provide explanations for these dynamics from the perspective of various disciplines, thus fostering the interdisciplinary discourse on one of the most pressing questions today. Three different topic threads are envisaged for this.
- Topic Thread 1: Perception of economic uncertainty and growing inequality
- Topic Thread 2: Exogenous and endogenous threats to democratic structures
- Topic Thread 3: The understanding of democracy
- Prof. Dr. Florian Englmaier
(Chair of Microeconomics, LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill
(Chair of Empirical Theories of Politics, Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI), LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Uwe Sunde
(Chair for Population Economics, LMU)
Research Focus Group
- Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg
(Chair of Quantitative Social Research, LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Armin Engländer
(Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law, Philosophy of Law and Sociology of Law, LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Karsten Fischer
(Chair for Political Theory, Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI), LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Mario Gollwitzer
(Chair of Social Psychology, LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch
(Department of Media and Communication (IfKW), LMU)
- Prof. Dr. Monika Schnitzer
(Chair of Comparative Economics, LMU)
- Dr. Astrid Séville
(Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science (GSI), LMU)
- Prof. David Levi-Faur, Ph.D.
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
- Prof. Linda J. Skitka, Ph.D.
(University of Illinois at Chicago)
- Lecture by Prof. Dr. Thomas Fischer – "Strafjustiz im Spiegel der Medien – ein Zerrbild?"
(Summer Semester 2019)