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Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
20 October 2020

Democracy and alter-democracy

The public events of the Geneva Democracy Week explored political participation outside the formal institutional realm.

Why are citizens taking to the streets to hold governments accountable instead of using only the ballot box? What are the challenges faced by activists and movements seeking to practice ‘democracy from below’? 

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 was “Democracy and alter-democracy”.

We organised a series of events exploring political participation and civic activism outside the formal institutional realm.

  • Qu'est-ce que la contre-démocratie? Entretien avec Pierre Rosanvallon” Read more and watch the interview here. A version with English subtitles for each thematic sequence will soon be made available.

  • La contre-démocratie: défi ou chance pour la démocratie?” Read more and watch the panel discussion here.

  • Democracy from below: Practices and limitations” Read more and watch the webinar discussion here.

  • American democracy: a Trumpian blip or a deeper malaise?” Launch of the Centre’s podcast series “Democracy in Question?” Listen to the podcast episode here.

Read also the brief about the Democracy Week written by Shalini Randeria.

 

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See the press release and the full programme here.

Why is the youth embracing 'alter-democracy'?