WORKSHOP: Strengthening Electoral Participation

Barcelona, May 2-4, 2022

The general goal of this conference is to welcome presentations of research papers or studies that relate to, and facilitate discussion about, different ways to strengthen electoral participation. How can we define the notion of "strengthening electoral participation"? Does it include only ways to increase turn-out or also ways to increase the quality of voting? If the latter, how can we understand "the quality of voting"? Have non-electoral processes of citizen participation and engagement any role in strengthening electoral participation? What's the role of political parties, of civil society organizations, of the media, and of social movements and the youth in strengthening electoral participation? And, finally, as an additional question: how the pandemics have affected our democratic elections and how can we strengthen those elections in that context?

DAY 1: Monday, May 2, 2022

DAY 2: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

DAY 3: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Session 1

09:15-09:30 Welcome and opening

09:30-11:15 PANEL 1: Have non-electoral
   participatory processes any impact on
   strengthening electoral participation?

Panel chair: José Luis Martí - University
   Pompeu Fabra

Pierre-Etienne Vandamme - Université
   Catholique de Louvain

Can Democratic Innovations Save Electoral

Yanina Welp - Graduate Institute, Geneva
The effects of participatory democracy,
   beyond false oppositions and

Laurențiu Gheorghe - University of

Switching from activists to politicians in
   Romania - ethical, practical and electoral

11:15-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

11:30-13:15 PANEL 1 (continued)
Panel chair: Michele Giavazzi - University
   of Genoa

Victoria Kristan and José Luis Martí -
   Pompeu Fabra University

Non electoral citizen engagement and the
   quality of electoral participation

Jacob Garrett - University of Genova
Local schools as national microcosms: How
   participation at schools engenders national
   political consciousness

David Farrell - University College, Dublin
The importance of context in determining
   how mini-publics can impact on
   maxi-publics: the Irish experience

Session 3

09:30-11:30 PANEL 3: The role of political
   parties in stregthening electoral

Panel chair: Victoria Inostroza -
   University Pompeu Fabra

Fabio Wolkenstein - University of Viena
How can political parties integrate today?

Francisco Garcia-Gibson - London School of

Climate change and compromises in party
   coalitions: The Austrian Greens case

Dimitrios Efthymiou - Goethe University

Are all populists against immigration?
   Distinguishing between ‘thick’ and ‘thin’
   conceptions of populism

Berta Barbet Porta - Institut d'Estudis
   d'Atogovern de Catalunya

Why are they not representing their people?
   Incorporating the notions of agenda and
   schemes of thinking into the study of
    party’s substantive representation
   conceptions of populism

11:30-12:00 COFFEE BREAK

12:00-13:15 PANEL 4: Democracy, elections
   and youth - The role of young people's
   activism and participation

Panel chair: Chiara Destri - Goethe
   University Frankfurt

Alexandru Volacu - University of Bucharest
Age and electoral participation.
   A proposal for the expressive
   enfranchisement of children

Carles Feixa, Roger Soler - Pompeu Fabra

From the camp to the parliament. Youth
   political participation after the 15M

Alejandro Cozachcow - Pompeu Fabra

10 years of lowering the voting age in
   Argentina (2012-2022). Lessons and
   challenges on young people’s political
   rights, political mobilization and political

Session 5

10:30-12:30 PANEL 6: Elections and the
   pandemic emergency - Ethical challenges
   and lessons learned

Panel chair: José Luis Martí - University
   Pompeu Fabra

Ismael Peña López - Catalan School of
   Public Administration

Ethics and legitimacy of institutions solving
   wicked problems: The Catalan elections
   during the COVID-19 Crisis

Toby S. James - University of East Anglia
Electoral integrity and the Covid 19
   pandemic: Lessons from an international

Teresa Nunes Violante - Max Planck Institute
Voting in the Pandemic: The Case of Portugal

12:30-12:45 Closing remarks

Session 2


Jane Mansbridge - Harvard University
Why and how to increase turnout

16:00-16:30 COFFEE BREAK

16:30-18:30 PANEL 2: Democratic

Panel chair: Ignacio Giuffré - University
   Pompeu Fabra

Chiara Destri - Goethe University Frankfurt
Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po Paris

Democratic equality: What does it require?

Henrik Serup Christensen, Janette Huttunen,
   Fredrik Malmberg, Nanuli Silagadze - Åbo
   Akademi University, Finland

Unequal inequalities? How participatory
   inequalities affect democratic legitimacy

PANEL 5: Strengthening European
   elections: Should we emancipate
   European representation from national
   representation, and, if so, how?

Panel chair: Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po

Sebastián Linares - Universidad Nacional
   del Sur, Argentina

In defense of solid democracy

Session 4

14:30-16:30 ROUND TABLE: The role of think
   tanks, civil society organizations, and
   social movements in strengthening
   electoral participation

Moderator: José Luis Martí - University
   Pompeu Fabra

Carys Roberts - Institute of Public Policy
   Research (UK)

Richard Wike - Pew Research Center (USA)
Sophie Pornschlegel - European Policy

Johannes Nuutinen - Demos Helsinki
Marion Le Blanc - CivicPower (France)

16:30-17:00 COFFEE BREAK

17:00-18:15 PANEL 5 (cont): Strengthening
   European elections: Should we
   emancipate European representation
   from national representation, and, if so,

Panel chair: Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po

Nahuel Maisley - University of Buenos Aires
Every cloud has a silver lining:
   The EU-Mercosur Agreement and regional
   democracy in South America

Maria Diaz Crego - European Parliament
   Think Tank

Transnational electoral lists: A way to further
   Europeanise elections to the European