Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
24 September 2020

Democracy and Alter-democracy

Our events of the Geneva Democracy Week 2020 will explore political participation outside the formal institutional realm

The Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy is actively involved in the “Democracy Week” that is promoted every year by the Geneva Chancellery of State.

This year’s theme is “Democracy and alter-democracy”. We will explore political participation and civic activism outside the formal institutional realm, addressing questions such as: Why are citizens taking to the streets to hold governments accountable instead of using only the ballot box? How can voice be mobilized and heard in soft authoritarian regimes that are the new face of elected majoritarian governments worldwide?

Join us for the following online events:

Qu'est-ce que la contre-démocratie? Entretien avec Pierre Rosanvallon, 05 October 2020, 17:00 - 17:30
With Pierre Rosanvallon and Alexandre Lercher

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La contre-démocratie: défi ou chance pour la démocratie? 05 October 2020, 19:00 - 20:30
With Jean-François Bayart, Marion Lanci, Jasmine Lorenzini, Géraldine Pflieger and Sébastien Farré

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Democracy from below: Practices and limitations, 06 October 2020, 18:30 - 20:00
With Mary Kaldor, Niccolò Milanese and Shalini Randeria

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American democracy: a Trumpian blip or a deeper malaise? Launch of the Centre’s podcast series “Democracy in Question?”, 08 October 2020, 12:30 - 13:00
Timothy Snyder in conversation with Shalini Randeria

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See the press release and the full programme here.

Why is the youth embracing 'alter-democracy'?