Lundi 25 septembre 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

The Future of Democracy in Europe: Rethinking the Role of Elections

Organised by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and the Programme for the Study of International Governance

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

With European voters feeling increasingly dissatisfied with their political leaders and processes, the time has come to re-think the role of national elections in a multi-level Europe, and the opportunity elections offer for European peoples to not only elect their national government, but also to engage in European-wide conversations about the public good, as well as to form new majorities in charge of deciding and implementing new policy agendas at the European level.

This panel brings together leading voices on European democratisation to address such questions as: Can democracy survive at the federal level without uniting around the one-time expression of the popular will? Would it be desirable to synchronise national parliamentary elections should a new assembly of the Euro-Zone be created? Or even in its absence? And how can we otherwise incentivise political parties to Europeanise their electoral agendas?

  • Grégoire Mallard, Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute
  • Rui Tavares, Associate Researcher, Center for International Studies, ISCTE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
  • Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Antoine Vauchez, CNRS Research professor, Université Paris 1-Sorbonne

Hosted by the Graduate Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on DemocracyProgramme for the Study of International Governance as part of a European Election Day Exploratory workshop.


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