This workshop will be the first of four that we are organizing together as a part of the "Anxieties of Democracy" research program that has been launched by the Social Science Research Council in New York. The central aim of this research program is to find answers to the question "can representative democracies can be strengthened to govern more effectively?" The programs main concern is whether the core institutions of established democracies - elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, the public administration, social movements, and legislatures - can capably address large problems in the public interest.
This particular workshop will focus on the performance of democracies. In many areas, such as population health and other standard measures of human well-being, economic prosperity, social policies and control of corruption, the performance of many democracies has been inadequate and disappointing. This lack of adequate performance in delivering public goods is, we argue, one reason for the current "anxiety of democracy" and problems of legitimacy in many democracies. We would like to underline that we do not understand this problem of adequate performance as confined to developing countries since it must be seen as a central part of the popular discontent with the democratic system also in the "global north".
Bo Rothstein - Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
In collaboration with
Gustaf Arrhenius - Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm
Ira Katznelson - Social Science Research Council, New York
Claus Offe - Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Date & hour: 5/21/2017 at 5:30 PM till 5/23/2017 at 5:15 PM
Place: Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford