Reshaping Democracy? Decision Making, Power and Participation in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC26 Sociotechnics, Sociological Practice (host committee)

Language: English

Modern political cultures are rapidly reshaping themselves along with globalized social and economic change. In many countries the economic crisis seems to have also challenged political and institutional authority as well as their decisional capacity, creating a climate of uncertainty and distrust that seems to represent a threat for the democratic fiber of these nations.
Social and political scientists are registering a shift in the role of political parties, and new actors and “milieus” appear on the decision-making scene on the one hand while on the other, many decisions seem to be taken away from public debate.
This session will deal with these issues from different perspectives. We welcome papers analyzing change in party organizations, changes in democratic political cultures, new forms of political participation, actors and “milieus” of the decision-making process, of the agenda setting, as well as issues regarding the power and authority sphere.
Session Organizer:
Flaminia SACCA, Tuscia University, Italy