The Anxieties of Democracy program has three collaborations with partner programs in Europe and Latin America. Our “sibling” programs work to understand anxieties of democracy from varied perspectives. We organize joint conferences that encourage scholarly research and reflection; scholars have also written pieces for the Democracy Papers based on the research presented at these conferences.

Democratic Anxieties

We are honored to collaborate with Democratic Anxieties, a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The program encourages collaboration between scholars of democracy on both sides of the Atlantic, and comprises a series of conferences and workshops held in Germany and Italy.

The program has held conferences on democratic anger and anxiety (2016 in Potsdam, Germany), political participation (2017 in Villa Vigoni, Italy), political polarization (2017 in Berlin, Germany), and political equality (2018 in Villa Vigoni, Italy). In addition, a workshop for early-career researchers was held in Mainz, Germany in 2017.

The Democratic Anxieties project’s principal investigators are:

Claudia Landwehr, Professor of Politics and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Thomas Saalfeld, Professor of Political Science, University of Bamberg

Armin Schäfer, Professor of Political Science, University of Münster

Anxieties of Democracy (Europe)

Our European namesake program, Anxieties of Democracy, has its home at the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies, and is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The program comprises four thematic conferences held over the course of two years in Europe and North America.

The first conference addressed issues of democratic performance and was held at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University (UK) in 2017. The second conference, on the political representation of future generations, was held at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2017. The third conference, on the future of political parties, was held at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (Germany). The final conference of the series, on “the will of the people”, will be held in late 2018 in New York City (USA).

The four co-principal investigators leading this program are:

Gustaf Arrhenius, Director of the Institute for Futures Studies and Professor of Practical Philosophy

Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University; President Emeritus, Social Science Research Council

Claus Offe, Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance

Anxieties of Democracy initiative (Latin America)

In collaboration with Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, we are developing a collaboration with the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. This planned collaboration would explore the democratic aspirations and crises currently facing Latin America, and particularly Mexico.

We proudly sponsored an initial conference, held at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City in October 2018. This event saw a convening of Latin American, North American, and European scholars following historic presidential elections in Mexico and Brazil. The conference addressed emerging authoritarian trends; nationalism; populism; and neoliberalism, among other topics.

This initiative is coordinated by:

Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University