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Schmidt-Gleim, Meike, Ruzha Smilova, and Claudia Wiesner, eds. Democratic Crisis Revisited: The Dialectics of Politicisation and Depoliticisation. Vol. 8. Nomos Verlag, 2022.


This volume illuminates the multiple dimensions of the current crisis of democracy in Europe in an empirical and conceptual way. He combines context-specific case studies of examples from all over Europe and especially from Eastern Europe with a theoretical reconception of the concept of democracy. Democracy is understood as an interminable practice of open-ended democratic procedures. From this point of view, the crisis plays a constitutive role for democracy, which can dissolve it but also create new ones. Democracy is a dialectical struggle between practices of politicization and depoliticization, that is, between the making and expanding of contingency and processes that constrain the latter. This understanding of crisis as constitutive of democracy can open new avenues for democratization instead of understanding crises as the beginning of democracy’s demise. With contributions by Aleksandra Belina, Michael Briguglio, Maria Brown, Evgenii Dainov, Alexandra Iancu, Anna Krasteva, Tonci Kursar, Gonçalo Marcelo, Ana Matan, José Maria Rosales, Přemysl Rosůlek, Meike Schmidt-Gleim, Natalija Shikova, Ruzha Smilova, Christel Stormhoej , Renata Uitz and Claudia Wiesner.

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Doing and Undoing Representative Democracy: Problem Diagnosis and Research Agenda

  1. Depoliticization or Democracy without Politics
  2. Experimenting with Repoliticization
  3. Repoliticization: The Promises

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.