Center for Advanced Studies - South East Europe University of Rijeka

New Challenges for Democracy – Exploring the Crisis of Trust and Democratic Legitimacy in Europe. 

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE of the CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES – SOUTHEAST EUROPE

University of Rijeka, October 16 – 18, 2013 Organized by CAS and University in Rijeka in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, European Fund for the Balkans, Open Society Fund, Erste Stiftung,German Marshall Fund and European Forum Alpbach With the institutional support of NetIAS

In the last few years we have been increasingly confronted with crisis symptoms of democracy. The trust in political representatives and institutions is decreasing, while populism and nationalism are on rise. The economic crisis and hardships with which the world is confronted have challenged the notion of deregulated market economies and social welfare. Neoliberal economic policies go hand in hand with enormous power of multinational corporations and financial markets. At the same time, socioeconomic inequalities in the West seem to endanger the stability and legitimacy of the democratic order. The time of euphoria after the fall of the Berlin Wall and demise of communism is over; we have entered a time of fear, distrust and crisis. The end of history has not arrived. Rather, we face a new stage of global history with no guarantees regarding the outcome. As we live in fluid times, democracy has also become a fluid concept. Democracy has been challenged; the crisis of trust evident, and democratic legitimacy is contested. Deprived populations occupy the streets, new social movements demand more transparency in politics and the economy, and requests for a more direct form of participation are formulated.


All these questions are more than relevant for Southeast Europe, a region flanked by the struggling Greece and more powerful Turkey on one side, and which includes the countries of Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia that are confronted with major political and economic challenges while trying to advance in the process of EU integration, Croatia, which has become EU's latest member in July 2013, and Slovenia. In all these countries we are witnessing multi-faceted reflections of the global phenomena mentioned above. It is time to reflect on global phenomena from a regional perspective and vice-versa, to engage in global intellectual dialogue, to rethink the common assumptions about trust and democratic legitimacy. A new common perspective on the future of democracy is needed.
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Directors:
Snježana Prijić - Samarţija; Ova e-mail adresa je zaštićena od spambota. Potrebno je omogućiti JavaScript da je vidite.
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