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The Crisis and Future of Democracy


07 Nov 2022 18:00


Global Europe

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Panel discussion – Standing dinner and drinks reception – exhibition

We are excited to launch our upcoming anthology “The Crisis and Future of Democracy”. Join us for a panel discussion with authors from the volume and Marisa Matias MEP, exhibition and evening reception.

When: 7 November 2022, 6pm
Where: Atelier 29, Rue Jacques de Lalaing 29, 1000 Brussels

Democracy is in a crisis. Or is it? Societies are acknowledging once again that inequality, precarity and lack of recognition for broad swathes of the population are hurting democracy. Calls for democratic regulation of key sectors are picking up. Demands for participation, inclusion, equality and redistributive justice for those affected by political decisions are gaining currency. The public is taking to the streets to fight the socio-economic fallout of multiple “crises” for which it is bearing the brunt.

Today’s movements for democratic renewal and “real” democracy, for a democratisation of all sectors of society, including the economy, take their cue from the democratic mobilisation that emerged in the wake of the global financial crisis some 10 years back. Put into practice by the Indignados of Spain and the solidarity initiatives in Greece, horizontality, inclusivity, solidarity and, at times, a transnational outlook shape today’s demands for democracy on the left.

What lessons can we learn from these movements? What role for democracy in progressive mobilisation in Europe today? How can we succeed in democratising institutions and processes? How can the left mobilise in times like these? What lessons to draw with a view to the 2024 elections to the European Parliament?


6:00pm: doors opening, registration and welcome drink

6:30pm: welcome remarks (Anna Schröder Head of Office, Ada Regelmann, project manager)

6:45pm: panel discussion “The Future of Democracy and the role of the Left”

  • Dr David Bailey, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Bernd Bonfert, Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research and Data in Cardiff
  • Dr Marisa Matias, MEP, Bloco de Esquerda (PT)
  • Dr Laura Roth, Universidat Jaume I, feminist and municipalist activist

Facilitation: Dr Ada Regelmann

8:30pm: standing dinner and drinks reception, exhibition of illustrations from the volume

10:00pm: end of reception

All participants will receive a free copy of the book hot off the press!

Contact: Ada Regelmann| | +32 (0) 2 781 0760