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Non-elected politics. Cure or Curse for the Crisis of Representative Democracy?

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Project "CUREORCURSE" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES 

Organization address
address: AVENUE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT 50
city: BRUXELLES
postcode: 1050
website: www.ulb.ac.be

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 1˙981˙589 €
 EC max contribution 1˙981˙589 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2023-08-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES BE (BRUXELLES) coordinator 1˙981˙589.00

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 Project objective

Evidence of a growing disengagement of citizens from politics is multiplying. Electoral turnout reaches historically low levels. Anti-establishment and populist parties are on the rise. Fewer and fewer Europeans trust their representative institutions. In response, we have observed a multiplication of institutional reforms aimed at revitalizing representative democracy. Two in particular stand out: the delegation of some political decision-making powers to (1) selected citizens and to (2) selected experts. But there is a paradox in attempting to cure the crisis of representative democracy by introducing such reforms. In representative democracy, control over political decision-making is vested in elected representatives. Delegating political decision-making to selected experts/citizens is at odds with this definition. It empowers the non-elected. If these reforms show that politics could work without elected officials, could we really expect that citizens’ support for representative democracy would be boosted and that citizens would re-engage with representative politics? In that sense, would it be a cure for the crisis of representative democracy, or rather a curse? Our central hypothesis is that there is no universal and univocal healing (or harming) effect of non-elected politics on support for representative democracy. In order to verify it, I propose to collect data across Europe on three elements: (1) a detailed study of the preferences of Europeans on how democracy should work and on institutional reforms towards non-elected politics, (2) a comprehensive inventory of all actual cases of empowerment of citizens and experts implemented across Europe since 2000, and (3) an analysis of the impact of exposure to non-elected politics on citizens’ attitudes towards representative democracy. An innovative combination of online survey experiments and of panel surveys will be used to answer this topical research question with far-reaching societal implication.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Camille Bedock, Jean-Benoit Pilet
Who Supports Citizens Selected by Lot to be the Main Policymakers? A Study of French Citizens
published pages: 1-20, ISSN: 0017-257X, DOI: 10.1017/gov.2020.1
Government and Opposition 2020-04-07

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