26 - 30 June 2017, St. Gallen
The 4th Swiss Summer School Democracy Studies which focussed on chances and risks for democracy and democratization in an increasingly interconnected world, took place in June 2017 at the University of St. Gallen. It introduced the participants to a wide repertoire of concepts, theories, and methodological strategies in one of the thorniest territories in social sciences – how political systems become, and remain, democratically governed, and how democratic institutions become, and remain, socially embedded.
A mixture of lectures, mini group-work and intensive discussions of the participants' dissertation projects characterized the 2017 Summer School. The program involved five one-day sessions which focussed on a particular theme related to the wider topic of Democratization:
- Global democratic governance (Hayley Stevenson, U of Sheffield / Klaus Dingwerth, U of St. Gallen)
- Democratic diffusion (Jos Elkink, U College Dublin / Oliver Westerwinter, U of St. Gallen)
- Social movements in complex media ecologies (Alexa Robertson, U of Stockholm / Yanina Welp, U of St. Gallen)
- Democratic socialization and attitude change (Christian Welzel, Leuphana U Lüneburg / Tina Freyburg, U of St. Gallen)
- Development assistance and natural resource revenues (Simone Dietrich, U of Essex / Roland Hodler, U of St. Gallen)
Various social activities, such as a welcome reception, a guided art tour at the university campus and a sightseeing tour in St. Gallen, complemented the academic program. The full program is available here (PDF, 1 MB).
Twenty doctoral students were admitted to join the event, of which 18 from 12 countries (AUT, ARG, CH, ECU, ETH, GEO, GER, IND, ITA, TUR, UKR, USA) took the opportunity.
An online survey was conducted to evaluate the Summer School. All answers to this survey were anonymized. The results of this poll are presented here (PDF, 1 MB) in detail.