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New convenors: Sofie Marien and Nicole Curato

New convenors: Sofie Marien and Nicole Curato

Dear friends and colleagues, the new Steering Committee of the Standing Group held a meeting in Dublin (see attached photo, unfortunately André Bächtiger could not join us). Both André Bächtiger and I felt that it was a good time to step down as convenors, and it is my great pleasure to inform you that the new convenors are Sofie Marien from KU Leuven and Nicole Curato from the University of Canberra. Congratulations! They will take over the responsibilities immediately. Also the…

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9th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences: Linking Theory and Empirical Research, July 15 – 25, 2019

9th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences: Linking Theory and Empirical Research, July 15 – 25, 2019

The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs. The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until April 15, 2019.The decisions of the selection…

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IV Deliberative Democracy Summer School

IV Deliberative Democracy Summer School

Call for Papers: IV Deliberative Democracy Summer School The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is inviting applications for the Fourth Deliberative Democracy Summer School. PhD students at various stages of their dissertation are encouraged to apply.   Keynote speakers include Jane Suiter and Cristina Lafont.  Applications are due on 6 May 2019. There is no registration fee. Travel grants are available. Visit the Centre’s website for more information. 

CfP “Online platforms” ECPR 2019

CfP “Online platforms” ECPR 2019

This is a call for papers for a panel at the ECPR conference 2019. Please check out the link below: https://deliberativehub.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/cfp-panel-at-ecpr-2019-online-platforms-between-commercialization-and-democratic-innovation-the-role-of-design/

Help us recruit for an online deliberation experiment https://wedialogue.world/

Help us recruit for an online deliberation experiment https://wedialogue.world/

Dear colleagues Can you help us recruit participants for an experiment in online deliberation? Can you send out an email to students and colleagues or a social media post to followers? Michael Morrell, Paolo Spada and I are leading a global experiment to test new platforms for commenting on news online. We aim to help promote humility in public discourse and prevent digital harrassment and trolling. The lessons we learn from this project will be useful for broader democratic innovation….

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Best Paper Award at the General Conference in Hamburg

Best Paper Award at the General Conference in Hamburg

The Standing Group on Democratic Innovations has decided to give the Best Paper Award at the General Conference in Hamburg 2018 to Céline Colombo from the University of Zurich for her paper “Principles or Pragmatism? Morality Politics in Direct Democracy.” In the paper, Céline builds on her previous research published in the British Journal of Political Science in which she challenged the perception that citizens lack political sophistication to make informed decisions on policy matters. Using novel data, she demonstrated that a large number…

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New Steering Committee

New Steering Committee

This is the results of the election of the new Steering Committee of the SG on Democratic Innovations. The elected members are (in alphabetical order): André Bächtiger, University of Stuttgart, Germany Nicole Curato, University of Canberra, Australia Kimmo Grönlund, Åbo Akademi University, Finland Sofie Marien, KU Leuven, Belgium Jane Suiter, Dublin City University, Ireland Thank you for taking part in the election, 89 members voted. Thank you Joan Font, Brigitte Geissel and Graham Smith, who wanted to step down, for your commitment…

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Section chairs for the ECPR General Conference 2019

Section chairs for the ECPR General Conference 2019

The next ECPR General Conference is 4-7 September 2019 in Wroclaw, Poland. We need a Democratic Innovations section and two chairs. If you are interested in chairing, be in touch with the convenors Kimmo Grönlund (kimmo.gronlund[at]abo.fi) and André Bächtiger (andre.baechtiger[at]sowi.uni-stuttgart.de) as soon as possible. Our section proposal needs to be submitted to the ECPR by 19 November 2018.

The ballot is open, vote for a new Steering Committee

The ballot is open, vote for a new Steering Committee

Please take part in the election of the new Steering Committee for the SG on Democratic Innovations. The election is conducted electronically (STV), and open until October 1st. Please cast your vote now. Log on to the MyECPR account, and under the MyECPR menu you will find Democratic Innovations Steering Committee Election 2018 Final Vote Cast your vote there!  

Notes from business meeting in Hamburg

Notes from business meeting in Hamburg

Thank you for attending the ECPR general conference and inspiring us with your great papers and contributions! In conjunction to the conference we had a business meeting. The meeting was well-attended, with 50 participants – thank you to all of you who showed up at the meeting! If you missed the meeting you can find notes from it here: Democratic Innovations Business Meeting_Hamburg 2018_notes