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Swiss Summer School Democracy Studies

The 2015 s3ds will focus on Democratic Innovations. It aims to enhance theoretical and empirical insights into how established democracies adapt to new challenges and transform in that process. Institutional innovations in citizen participation, new forms of political behavior and public deliberation, and the effects of digital technologies in reaching out to the public will be addressed in five one-day sessions:

• New Forms of Citizen Participation in Established Democracies

• Deliberative Democracy

• E-Democracy: Digital Channels of Participation

• Political Consumerism: A New Form of Political Behavior?

• Social Media and Democracy