5 October 2016: CSPPR Opening Lecture

Leiden University’s Centre for the Study of Political Parties and Representation cordially invites you to attend a public lecture marking its official launch.

David Farrell: Stripped Down or Reconfigured Democracy

  • Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016
  • Time: 16:00-18:00
  • Venue: Leiden University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Pieter de la Court building, Room 1.A20 (Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden)

acropolis_0671_1_LAB-1Democratic failure?

Scholars, journalists and citizens regularly express strong and urgent concerns over the state of party politics and the future of representative democracy itself. Recent developments—Brexit, Trump, the rise of populism across Europe, including in some of Europe’s long-standing democracies—seem to indicate that democracy is in peril. Political scientists point to the growing indifference (in some cases hostility) towards democracy shared by citizens and elite alike, leading to a mutual withdrawal from electoral politics. The fear is that democracy is being hollowed out: in the words of one prominent scholar we may be reaching the point of ‘democracy without a demos’.

What is the state of party politics? To what extent can we say that parties are actually in decline? And what about representative politics? To what extent do recent developments support the contention that it is in peril? How are the established elites responding to the challenges faced by democracies today?

Professor David Farrell, UCD School of Politics and International Relations

About David Farrell

Professor Farrell is professor of political science at School of Politics and International Relations University College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. His current research focuses on the role of deliberation in constitutional reform processes. In 2012 he was elected as President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. In 2013 he was elected as Speaker of the Council of the European Consortium for Political Research. Professor Farrell is founding co-editor of Party Politics. Prior to his move to Dublin, Professor Farrell was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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