Democracy and public identification with its values and practices face profound challenges today. We assess historical and current understandings of democracy to provide the insights for re-building the legitimacy and credibility of democratic institutions and the social contract that sustains them. Our focus is on democratic challenges related to patterns of interaction between states and on the role of supranational institutions like the EU with regards to democracy.
EUI Interdisciplinary Research Clusters
The Interdisciplinary Research Clusters are supported by the EUI as sites for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. They raise awareness within the EUI community of scholars’ specific expertise and interests, fostering interactions within and beyond the clusters themselves. They promote effective policy-relevant research, something that thrives on insights and solutions from multiple disciplines. The themes of the clusters address challenging issues that are vital to academic research and societies at large.
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Research theme(s)DemocracyAuthoritarianismMedia pluralism and press freedomLiberal institutionsPopulismNations and nation buildingTransnational democracySupranational democracyTransnational law, justice and democracyCitizen participationEuropean citizenshipTransnational governanceArtificial intelligence (AI)EU politics (public opinion, European elections, European Parliament)