WVSA Round Table: Democracy and Democratic Values
In the last several years, democratic boom gave way to a democratic recession. The political developments of the past decade have led many scholars to argue that democracy has reached its peak and is no longer on the rise. Others claim that the long-term trend toward democracy has always come in surges and declines and is essentially linked to the cycles of modernization. Hence, the currently observed democratic retreat is a temporary phenomenon. At the same time, efficient institutions and good governance practices require certain cultural environment. Growing emphasis on emancipative values engenders a culture of trust and tolerance in which people cherish individual freedom, self-expression, activist political orientations; these attributes are crucial to democracy. This roundtable unites leading scholars in the field with the aim to examine the implication of social value change for the quality and consolidation of democracies worldwide as well as the observed trends and challenges in the measure popular support for democracy, democratic governance. Participants will address such issues as the ongoing debate on democracy decline and the rise of populism, elite-mass linkages, public opinion and political participation, causal relationship between value change and democratic consolidation and threat to democratic rule, relationship between change in social values and future of regional and global integration, immigration and refugee policies. The round table will be moderated by Christian Haerpfer, Marita Carballo president of WAPOR, Alejandro Moreno Álvarez. Invited speakers: Ronald Inglehart, Pippa Norris, Sir Robert Worcester, Christian Welzel, Marta Lagos, Henrique Carlos de Castro.
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