S3DS 2022 Zurich


8th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies

Advances in Comparative Democracy Research

12-16 September 2022

University of Zurich

The 8th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies will take place at the University of Zurich from 12 to 16 September 2022.

The Summer School is an ideal setting for doctoral students, advanced master students and postdocs in the social sciences and in related disciplines who would like to:

  • gain theoretical, empirical, and methodological know-how on democratic innovations in various contexts;
  • receive feedback on their own work from both experts and peers in their field of research;
  • and meet and exchange with international experts and peers working on similar topics.

The Summer School offers an intense programme on democratic research, focusing on recent theoretical and methodological advances in the comparative study of democracy, including political institutions, democratic representation, election campaigns, gender and politics, and social media as a novel source to study democratic politics.

Leading experts will teach lectures and participants will have the opportunity to present their own work and receive substantive feedback from the experts and peers.

Throughout the Summer School, there will be time for social interaction and networking.


The Summer School features an intensive programme of lectures, seminars, and projects' presentations. Four teaching days are scheduled, each of which focuses on a particular theme related to the overall topic of the Summer School. 

Teaching days consist in two parts:

  • The lectures and seminar sessions are each organized and led by two experts: one internationally renowned scholar who gives a lecture and one expert based in Switzerland who serves as a chair. The lecture is followed by both, seminars and discussions in which young scholars can be assigned the role of discussant.
  • In the workshop sessions participants are given the opportunity to present their research on the basis of a paper submitted in advance. They receive detailed feedback from the international expert, the workshop chair and an assigned peer.

Summer School participants apply for the panel in which they want to present their paper.

Participants in the Summer School can receive 2 ECTS and a certificate provided they:

  • attended all lectures, seminars and workshops,
  • submitted a paper of 15-20 pages in due time (e.g. research or conference paper, publication draft etc.), which includes aspects of the research process they would like to discuss,
  • presented their research in one of the five workshops (max. 10-15 minutes),
  • discussed one peer's research paper, and
  • prepared the required readings.


The programme of the 8th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies has been concieved by Diego Garzia and Alexander Trechsel.