ABSTRACT

The Deepening Democracy (DeepDem) Summer School aims to present best practices for involving citizens in political life. It is designed for politicians from Europe and beyond who want to find concrete and effective tools to improve democratic legitimacy at local and national levels of government.

It offers a three-day training, with the third day being optional. On the first day, four specialists in democratic systems will present in English the main lessons from several recent experiences around the world. The second day is dedicated to the application of these lessons in specific national contexts. Lessons will be given in specific languages by native speakers (depending on who the participants are). The third day (optional) is dedicated to discussing specific projects – local or national – that the participants are working on with the experts. Ideally, DeepDem is also an opportunity for politicians who want to improve their democracy to meet each other and create a European or global network.

At the end of the school participants are able to:
– analyse the main areas requiring a strengthening of democracy in their contexts;
– evaluate the relevance of different strategies to deepen democracy in light of their specific context;
– learn more about democratic innovations / reforms in other cities
– connect with other democracy stakeholders in Europe

Note: The participation fee is 1200 euros for 2 days, and 1450 euros for 3 days.

You will receive the payment details upon the registration. Please note that without payment the registration is not complete and your participation is not guaranteed. Cancellation with the payment refund is only possible until 1 month ahead of the event.

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TEAM

Clara Egger

Clara Egger

Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Clara Egger coordinates the programme of the DeepDem Summer School. Her research concerns direct democracy institutions globally – with a specific focus on their historical development and their impacts on international cooperation – and the dynamics of de-democratisation processes after a crisis. 

Email: egger(at)essb.eur.nl

Raul Magni-Berton

Raul Magni-Berton

Full Professor, Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, European School of Political and Social Sciences

Raul Magni-Berton coordinates the programme of the DeepDem summer school. He holds a chair in Comparative Direct Democracy and directs the BA program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He specialises in the comparative approach to democratic institutions, assessing their diversity and quality.

Email: raul.magniberton(at)iepg.fr

Anna Proskurina

Anna Proskurina

Academic Project and Communication Officer

Anna is a coordinator and communication manager of the DeepDem Summer School. She works at Democracy International with Direct Democracy Navigator, academic projects and communications.

Email: proskurina(at)democracy-international.org

Jean-Benoit Pilet

Jean-Benoit Pilet

Professor in political science, Université libre de Bruxelles

Jean-Benoit Pilet is Professor in political science at Université libre de Bruxelles (uLB, Belgium). He coordinates the project POLITICIZE on citizens’ attitudes towards democracy and its reforms. He has especially worked on Europeans’ views about direct democracy and deliberative democracy.

Email: Jean-Benoit.Pilet(at)ulb.be

Kim Graves

Kim Graves

Doctoral Student

Kim Graves is a doctoral student at the Catholic University of Lille, France. She is researching the emergence of direct democratic institutions globally. Kim supports the team of the DeepDem.

Email: kim.graves(at)univ-catholille.fr

Andreas Müller

Andreas Müller

Managing Director, Democracy International

Andreas is a Managing Director of Democracy International

Email: mueller(at)democracy-international.org

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