Democratic politics and governance in Europe are facing turbulent times. Party systems have crumbled or been substantially changed by new parties, including populist parties, and new social movements. Parties in power at the national and regional levels have called into question constitutional arrangements and guarantees once thought to underpin modern democracies. Such political changes have in part resulted from changes in the nature and form of citizen attachments to government, political parties and democratic procedures.
The financial crisis of 2007-8 raised questions about the ability of European governments to provide a framework for economic security and the pursuit of redistributive policies. Government itself has changed significantly over the past quarter century, with a growing role for ‘arm’s length’ agencies and regulatory bodies, international governance structures and private sector organisations.
In light of these developments, the NORFACE network will launch a transnational research programme on the topic of democratic governance. The programme is structured around five of the most important challenges to democratic governance and politics, described in detail in the Programme Text accompanying the Call for Proposals:
- Inequality and redistribution
- The evolving politics of threat
- The democratisation of information
- Shifting identities and representation
- The changing authority of institutions
WHEN TO APPLY
The Call for Proposals is expected to be published on 3 December 2018, with a deadline for submitting Outline Proposals on 19 February 2019. Please note that these dates may still be subject to changes.
WHERE TO APPLY
Proposals must be submitted via the NORFACE website, where the call documents are also available.
- Please note all joint applications must also be submitted to the FNR by the Luxembourg-based scientist, along with the FNR INTER documents.
- This must be done no later than 5 days after the lead agency deadline, and must be done via the FNR Online Grant Management System.
Proposals will be evaluated by the NORFACE Network Group.