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Panel Discussion: Are Citizens in Europe Fed Up with Democracy?

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Join us for a panel discussion on perceptions of democracy in Europe.

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Join us for a panel discussion with Giulia Sandri (Lille Catholic University (ESPOL)), Oliver Treib (University of Münster) and Carolina Plescia (University of Vienna) on EU citizens perceptions of democracy. The event will feature an introduction by Jan Wouters (KU Leuven) and will be chaired by Pieter de Wilde (NTNU).

Recent events in Europe point to strong dissatisfaction with democracy in Europe among citizens. The Yellow Vests protest on the streets in France and elsewhere. Voters turn to far right populists and autocrats to voice their discontent. This raises several questions: Are citizens in Europe fed up with democracy? Is their anger directed at the system as a whole? How widespread is this disenchantment? How do we know? What is it that feeds this negativity about democracy?

NTNU presents key experts on European politics and public opinion to present their views on these issues, followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.

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Carolina Plescia is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Government, University of Vienna. Her research focuses on public opinion, political psychology and electoral behavior in national, local and European elections. She also works extensively on survey design and quantitative methodology.

Giulia Sandri is an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Lille. She is an expert on political parties, territorial politics and political behaviour. She has worked extensively on intra-party democracy (party membership, party primaries), the crisis of democracy in Italy, and parliamentary representation.

Oliver Treib is Professor of Political Science at Münster University. His research focuses on the role of Eurosceptic political attitudes in European Parliament elections, on party-based Euroscepticism, and on the impact of Eurosceptic political mobilization on EU-related attitudes and voting behaviour. He is an expert on qualitative research methods (expert interviews, focus groups) and has experience in quantitative research.

Pieter de Wilde (Chair) is associate professor in European politics at NTNU. His research focuses on patterns of contestation over European integration in the public sphere, its embedding within a broader globalization cleavage and its implications for democracy in Europe.

Jan Wouters (Introduction) is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair and Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, at KU Leuven. He has published widely on international and EU law, global governance and international organizations and is Coordinator of the RECONNECT Horizon 2020 Project.

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