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‘Responsive vs Responsible? Party Democracy in Times of Crisis’

Dates:
  • Thu 18 May 2017 09.30 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-05-18 9:30 2017-05-18 19:00 Europe/Paris ‘Responsive vs Responsible? Party Democracy in Times of Crisis’

Abstract:
This conference takes issue with one of the main challenges to contemporary representative democracy, namely the the increasing bifurcation between on the one hand the growing complexity of governing in a world of powerful international institutions and, on the other, the need to respond to -often polarizing- electoral demands. The recent political developments surrounding the Eurozone crisis attest that the duties of government and the demands of political representation may, at times, be in sharp contrast with one another. In such contexts, it becomes hard for parties in government to combine responsiveness with responsible policy-making. This phenomenon was theorized by late Peter Mair, an Irish Professor of Comparative Politics at the EUI. Our conference seeks to explore empirically how parties deal with this tension. To this aim, we will discuss the conceptualization and operationalization of responsiveness and responsibility, and present evidence about the representative challenges faced by parties, their rhetoric and their actual policy delivery when in government. All paper presentations give parties a central role in connecting citizens’ preferences to policy outputs but have different empirical foci, including tax policy, public spending, people’s satisfaction with democracy or the populist challenge to representative democracy.

Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Abstract:
This conference takes issue with one of the main challenges to contemporary representative democracy, namely the the increasing bifurcation between on the one hand the growing complexity of governing in a world of powerful international institutions and, on the other, the need to respond to -often polarizing- electoral demands. The recent political developments surrounding the Eurozone crisis attest that the duties of government and the demands of political representation may, at times, be in sharp contrast with one another. In such contexts, it becomes hard for parties in government to combine responsiveness with responsible policy-making. This phenomenon was theorized by late Peter Mair, an Irish Professor of Comparative Politics at the EUI. Our conference seeks to explore empirically how parties deal with this tension. To this aim, we will discuss the conceptualization and operationalization of responsiveness and responsibility, and present evidence about the representative challenges faced by parties, their rhetoric and their actual policy delivery when in government. All paper presentations give parties a central role in connecting citizens’ preferences to policy outputs but have different empirical foci, including tax policy, public spending, people’s satisfaction with democracy or the populist challenge to representative democracy.


Location:
Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Conference

Organiser:
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Johannes Karremans (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Assistant Professor Zoe Lefkofridi (University of Salzburg)

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

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