The State of Democracy in Europe

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
Democracy is both an ideal regime-type and its daily experience and performance. Citizens of European democracies cherish certain normative aspects of democracy as a regime that ought to be, and at the same time evaluate its manifestations. By juxtaposing citizens’ normative visions of democracy with their performance assessments one arrives at a more in-depth understanding of democratic legitimacy and political stability, both in the still fragile CEE democracies and in the stable ones of Western Europe. The talk – utilizing European Social Survey Module 6 design – will try to expose and analyze some of the puzzles of contemporary, post-crisis democracy.

Radosław Markowski is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.