22 September, 2021

Online Opening: Democratising democracy – Towards a future shaped equally by all

Online Opening

Democratising democracy - Towards a future shaped equally by all

14 October 2021

01:30 PM – 03:00 PM (CEST)



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For more and more people, the future is no longer a promise but a threat. They feel a sense of powerlessness in the face of climate change, cultural backlashes and economic transformation. Some are quick to blame the slow and imperfect processes of democracy and deliberation. Others argue that democracy is not the cause of these crises but their solution. At Innocracy 2021, we want to identify fields that are excluded or removed from democratic control and explore whether (re-)democratising them could lead to a better future. In his keynote, Michael Zürn will analyse two dimensions of democratic regression: a shift from majoritarian to non-majoritarian institutions and the underrepresentation of socio-economically disadvantaged groups. In the subsequent debate, Jan-Werner Müller and Rahel Jaeggi will discuss liberal and radical answers to the question of how we can (re-)democratise our democracies.

Setting the Scene

01:30pm - 01:35pm

Head of Programme "Future of Democracy" at Das Progressive Zentrum
Project Manager at Das Progressive Zentrum


01:35pm - 01:45pm

Director of the Department of Global Governance at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)


01:45pm - 03:00pm

Professor of Politics at Princeton University
Professor of Practical Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy at Humboldt University