The Chair of Democracy and Public Governance is endowed by the city of Aarau. Since the 1st of April 2009, it is held by Professor Daniel Kübler who, at the same time, is the head of the Democracy Research Group at the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau. The Chair investigates characteristics, functioning and performance of democratic institutions in a comparative perspective. Its collaborators work on the measurement of the quality of democracy, on the new challenges to democracy in multicultural societies, on issues of democracy in multi-level governance, as well as on innovative forms of citizen participation in established democracies. An additional area of research focuses on issues of urban and metropolitan governance in an international perspective.