Is there a crisis of democracy? A talk by Prof Wolfgang Merkel at the University of Sydney

 

 

IS THERE A CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY?

PROFESSOR WOLFGANG MERKEL, DIRECTOR OF THE DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATISATION RESEARCH PROGRAM AT THE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTRE BERLIN (WZB)

Co-presented with the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, the Australian Research Council and the Sydney Social Justice Network  

Public talk of a deepening crisis of democracy is ubiquitous today in Europe, the United States, Latin America and elsewhere. Inspired by Joseph Schumpeter’s classic Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Wolfgang Merkel examines whether and to what extent there is evidence for such a crisis. In a bold and broad-ranging look at the great conflicting trends of our time, he probes such phenomena as the long-term impact of migration, growing social inequality, the decline of political parties, austerity politics, individualisation and the rise of the critical citizen. With an eye on topical events, such as the unresolved Eurozone crisis, Merkel asks whether these powerful trends are having irreversibly ruinous effects on democracy or whether, on the contrary, these trends may turn out to be triggers for improving the methods and substance of democracy as we know it.

Professor Wolfgang Merkel is Germany’s best-known political scientist. He is Director of the “Democracy and Democratisation” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and advisor to many European governments. He is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and a member of the social sciences review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney 
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Public Lecture: Fifty Years of Australian Migration Studies, Tuesday 30 October 2012

Public Lecture: Fifty Years of Australian Migration Studies, Tuesday 30 October 2012, 5.30 – 7.30pm, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney.

This public lecture marks the significant and inspirational contribution of Professor James Jupp to Australian migration studies. The evening will be hosted by Phillip Adams in conversation with Professor Jupp, and will include contributions from other esteemed migration specialists such as Professors Stephen Castles (University of Sydney), Professor Jock Collins (UTS), A/Professor Ellie Vasta (Macquarie University), and Melissa Phillips (University of Melbourne) responding to his presentation and his lifelong academic work.

Organised by the TASA Migration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Thematic Group, and supported by TASA, University of Newcastle, and Macquarie University. This is a free event. For more information and to register your interest please email: rwil2924@uni.sydney.edu.au.