Day 1 – 30th October

Registration

10:00 - 14:00

Welcome Session

14:00 -14:30

Session 1 – Democracy at a crossroads: citizens, demos and democratic legitimacy

Political events over the course of the past year have drawn attention to how the foundations of democracy are currently being affected by distrust in political institutions and political actors. The rise of populism has made significant electoral inroads and has heavily influenced political debates. At the same time, more reflection is needed on the factors – cultural, political, economic, social etc. – which may undermine the ability of democratic institutions to deliver on promises and, by extension, their legitimacy among citizens, and on the lessons we need to take from past crises of democratic systems. In this context, it is crucial to discuss citizens’ perceptions on democracy, and how they exercise their citizenship.

14:30-16:00

Coffee Break

16:00-16:30

Session 2 – Challenges to democracy and emerging alternatives

16:30- 18:00

End of 1 st day

18:00

10:00-14:00    Registration

14:00-14:30    Welcome Session

Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education

FCT Representative

14:30-16:00    Session 1 – Democracy at a crossroads: citizens, demos and democratic legitimacy

Political events over the course of the past year have drawn attention to how the foundations of democracy are currently being affected by distrust in political institutions and political actors. The rise of populism has made significant electoral inroads and has heavily influenced political debates. At the same time, more reflection is needed on the factors – cultural, political, economic, social etc. – which may undermine the ability of democratic institutions to deliver on promises and, by extension, their legitimacy among citizens, and on the lessons we need to take from past crises of democratic systems. In this context, it is crucial to discuss citizens’ perceptions on democracy, and how they exercise their citizenship.

 

16:00-16:30   Coffee Break

16:30- 18:00   Session 2:   Challenges to democracy and emerging alternatives

 

The perception of a ‘democratic crisis’ has brought the need to reshape the idea of democracy – with a focus on new forms of political participation, digital democracy, citizen engagement, media and new media – to the forefront. Additionally, changes might be needed to address these challenges in terms of responsiveness, responsibility and accountability in the relation between democratic institutions and citizens. In this session, the debate will focus on possible innovations/modifications needed, as well as on experiences and initiatives that can support this reflection.

 

 

 

18:00 – End of 1st day.

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