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Democracy Today: Crisis and Renewal

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Semester WS 2019/20
Home institute Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Institut fuer Kanada-Studien
Courses type Hauptseminar in category Teaching
First appointment Wed , 23.10.2019 10:00 - 11:30, Room: 2119 Gebäude D
Performance record Portfolio
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Weitere Unterrichtssprache(n) The presentations and course discussion will be in English. Optionally, the final essay can be delivered also in German.
ECTS points 6 oder 8

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Times

Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (from 23/10/19)

Course location

2119 Gebäude D

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Growing evidence of political disaffection among the public, in general, and the rise of protest movements and populism, in particular, have triggered a lively debate about the crisis of Western-style democracy, whose global triumph seemed to be a fait accompli only forty years ago, after the fall of the Berlin wall. The course will not deny the relevance of crisis tendencies and begin with giving a compact overview of the manifold general diagnoses of the current malaise of democracy, linked to formulae such as “post-democracy”, “simulative democracy”, or “façade democracy”. Its main objective, however, is to assess if, and to what extent, some of the symptoms often associated with the decay of democratic politics, such as the spread of alleged or actual “populisms”, “identity politics”, or “anti-politics”, should not rather be interpreted in terms of being the expression of attempts at democratic renewal. To this purpose, we will focus on concrete empirical examples taken from the context of Europe and the Americas.

Introductory reading:
Klaus von Beyme, 2013: Von der Demokratie zur Neodemokratie, Wiesbaden: Springer VS
Paolo Gerbaudo, 2017: The Mask and the Flag: Populism, Citizenism and Global Protest, Oxford: Oxford University Press
John B. Judis, 2016: The Populist Explosion, New York: Columbia Global Reports

The course is connected with the four guest lectures of the cycle “In Bewegung: Eigentum – Kapitalismus – Demokratie”, which will be held on 13 Nov 2019, 4 Dec 2019, 22 Jan 2020, and 4 Feb 2020 (the attendance of these lectures is recommended, but not compulsory).

The number of course participants is limited to 30.

Kann in Kombination mit der entsprechenden Veranstaltung für MA-Studierende und DoktorandINNen als Forschungsseminar (SOW-4800) belegt werden.

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Current number of participants 10
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