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13.2. Political Responsiveness in Democratic Regimes [Perspektiven der Moderne]

Am 13. Februar wird Laura Morales unsere Vortragsreihe im Wintersemester 18/19 ›Perspektiven der Moderne: Soziologie politischer Systeme der Gegenwart‹ abschließen.

13.2. Political Responsiveness in Democratic Regimes [Perspektiven der Moderne]

Soziologie politischer Systeme der Gegenwart

Sehr herzlich möchten wir Sie zum Abschluss unserer Vorlesungsreihe im Wintersemester 2018/19 einladen. Laura Morales, Professorin für Politikwissenschaft am Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée der Sciences Po, wird im letzten Vortrag der Reihe über ›Political Responsiveness in Democratic Regimes‹ sprechen. Der Vortrag findet am 13. Februar statt, wie immer am Mittwochabend um 18 Uhr s.t. Im Anschluss gibt es einen kleinen Apéro.



Democratic governments are expected to be responsive to the preferences and demands of their citizens, at least to a certain degree. But how responsive are they? While some empirical studies suggest that, overall, democratic governments respond to changes in the opinions and demands of the public a bit like thermostats adjust to variations in room temperature, other studies argue that the representation of the preferences and demands of the public is much more imperfect than that. However, empirical scholarship focuses on a very limited number of democratic countries (Canada, the UK and the US, primarily). Moreover, as studies tend to rely on opinion surveys to capture the opinions of the public, they neglect other forms of simultaneous public pressure.

In this lecture, Professor Morales will present the conceptual and empirical results of a research project she led on “Democratic Responsiveness in Comparative Perspective”, which was funded by the European Research Council. The project examines the dynamics of government responsiveness to the multiple expressions of public opinion between elections. With a novel proposal for the conceptualization of government responsiveness and a unique event history dataset collected from national news agencies’ newswires, public opinion surveys, legislation and parliamentary databases, and newspaper editorials in around 20 Western democracies since the 1990s, the project compares the degree and conditionality of governmental responsiveness across countries and how it differs between ‘normal’ and ‘unexpected’ policy making junctures.



Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, Raum 0.109

13. Februar, 18 Uhr s.t.

Die Vorträge des FIW können für das Zertifikat für Internationale Kompetenz (Komponente D2) angerechnet werden.