It seeks to understand what ails democracies worldwide, focusing on the growing disenchantment of citizens with democratic political power, and on the shifts from liberal to illiberal democracy that increasingly blur the divide between the two. It develops projects that bridge theoretical and empirical research, academic and policy work.
The Centre promotes collaborative activities with academic institutions, international organisations as well as with partners in Geneva, in Switzerland and worldwide. It publishes and disseminates research for an academic readership, policy audiences, the media and the general public.
It was established in March 2017 with the generous support of the Gnosis Foundation (Liechtenstein).