SID-NL Spring 2017 Debate Series: Doing Democracy Differently
organised by SID, NIMD and ISS
This spring debate series is looking at global and inspiring forms of new political engagement, with a link to the political developments in the Netherlands, such as the elections campaign and the aftermath of the Dutch elections. A new trend has surfaced in recent years: the general tendency to question democratic values. The Dutch Ukraine Referendum, the Brexit referendum in the UK, the US elections, as well as the Italian referendum confirm that citizens have lost faith in their political leaders. They want to have more direct influence or they turn their back towards the formal political institutions and focus on extra-parliamentary activities. The guiding questions for this series is therefore ‘Can we do democracy in a different way?’ Can we think of a way in which political parties and politicians change in such a way so that citizens can rely on them again? And if these new ways of doing democracy are already happening, how are they working?
Doing Democracy Without Political Parties?
Tuesday 21 March | 16:00 - 17:30 | Aula ISS, The Hague
SID, NIMD and ISS are organizing a debate on Tuesday 21 March at 16:00-17:30 hrs at ISS on the question: can we have democracy without political parties? This debate is part of a series on the topic 'doing democracy differently'. This is partly responding to the emergence of populism around the globe which seems to downplay the role of parties, and partly to explore new ways of 'doing democracy' outside the realm of the (established) political parties. This debate will explore whether or not parties are the appropriate channels for democratic governance. Do we really need them? And if not, what are the alternatives?
Joining the debate:
- Georgina Gomez - ISS
- Loes Keysers - Jan en Alleman
- Will Derks - NIMD
Details and registration: SIDnl | Doing Democracy - 21 maart