The REDEM Workshop on Voter-centred vs Politician-centred Perspectives on Democracy seeks to engage with salient questions concerning voting and democracy. It aims to explore the different lenses through which voters and politicians look at these questions. The workshop will be inter-disciplinary, blending normative and empirically-oriented approaches within four debate panels. The workshop also aims to develop a strong public engagement component. Its two roundtables will draw on the knowledge and the experience of key electoral stakeholders - academics, politicians, prominent civil society experts on elections, and journalists. Topics to be covered include questions regarding electoral clientelism, different understandings of political representation, the ethical challenges of technological advances for voting (e.g., e-voting), the problem of voter motivation, the morality of abstaining from voting (especially in the case of referenda), and the electoral implications of dual citizenship, to name just a few. While some of the topics will be discussed at a more general level, the workshop aims to draw on the specifics of the Romanian and Eastern European contexts in order to shed light on the particular electoral experiences that voters and politicians experience within this geographic space, experiences which in turn shape their own views on democracy and voting.
10:45-11:00 OPENING REMARKS
Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF (Project Coordinator)
Alexandru Volacu - University of Bucharest (Workshop Chair)
Panel Chair: José Luis Martí - Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Enrico Biale - University of Piemonte Orientale
Partisanship as the cement of democracy
Chiara Destri - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF
Partisans and Democratic Responsibilities
Panel Chair: Marcus Häggrot - Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.
Nenad Stojanović - University of Geneva
Political parties in deeply multilingual polities: What (if anything) can the
EU learn from Belgium, Canada and Switzerland?
Matteo Bonotti - Monash University, Australia
Multilingual parties and the ethics of partisanship
Joseph Lacey - University College, Dublin
Politicisation in deep diversity: Institutional design and crises in the
Panel Chair: Andreas Albertsen - Aarhus University
Bo Rothstein and Anna Persson - University of Göteborg
The electoral roots of corruption: Clientelism and citizens' limited
demand for quality government
Gergana Dimova - University of Winchester
Spinning your way out of corruption? The 2020 Anti-Mafia Protests in
Lluis de Nadal Alsina - Columbia University
The (necessary?) man behind the empty signifier. The effect of populist
theory on the development of charismatic leadership in Podemos
Panel Chair: Valeria Ottonelli - University of Genoa
Samuel Bagg and Udit Bhatia - Oxford University
Intra-party democracy: A realist approach
Mihail Chiru - Oxford University
Patterns of intra-party democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
Attila Mráz - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF
Political, not personal: Political parties as doubly democratic associations
Moderator: Andrei Poama - University of Leiden
Moderator: Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF
The REDEM Workshop on Voter-centred vs Politician-centred Perspectives on Democracy is organised by the University of Bucharest and is chaired by Alexandru Volacu.
The event will be organised on-line using the Zoom platform. Participants in each workshop session will be invited to join a closed Zoom meeting via password-protected access. Prior to joining the meeting you will be required to be logged into your Zoom account. Attendees will receive an email with a link and a password for each session for which they are registered. Although participation in a session is possible by opening the Zoom link in a browser, we strongly encourage the download and use of the free Zoom Client for Meetings. For those who are not familiar with Zoom, we recommend the following short video tutorials:
Registration for the workshop is done on a per session basis. You can request to attend as many sessions as you like. In order to open up the workshop to a wider attendance, we would ask participants to request registrations only for the sessions they are interested in and are able to attend.
To apply for participation please send an email to the workshop chair, specifying your name, your affiliation and a brief description (2-3 sentences) of your interest in the workshop, as well as the sessions you are interested in attending in the order of priority. Please email your application no later than November 16, 2020. Confirmations of participation will be emailed by November 17, 2020. If you asked to be registered for a session and did not receive a confirmation, please contact us as soon as possible.
For any questions about the workshop please contact the workshop chair - Alexandru Volacu.