Europaeum Summer School: Is Democracy in Crisis ?

Everywhere democracy seems to be in crisis. The rise of a new populism seems to have bypassed traditional political party structures, while the new leaders have broken traditional leadership tropes customs and rules, and voters have either stayed at home, or voted more frequently for outsiders and independents, heaping opprobrium not only on the establishment elites but on all politicians and politics itself. So Trump rules in part through Twitter, the UK establishment delivers Brexit which is does not support, while third parties rise in Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Scandinavia – even Modi promotes Hinduvta over traditional secularism in India. This year’s Europaeum  annual Summer School – the 24th in our series – explores the rise of Populism and Anti-Politics: and asks Is democracy in crisis ? Applicants are now invited for this event, hosted at the Escorial Monastery, linked to  Complutense University Madrid, in early July, 2017. Liberal Democracy has long been the desirable model –  balancing representation, accountability, equality, participation, and “good governance”, boosted through the European Union expansion ending dictatorships and absorbing the former Eastern bloc. Experts from politics, civil service, think tanks, NGOs, and universities, will discuss key issues over five days of talks, panels, working groups, debates, a role-playing exercise, and discussions. It is open to all Europaeum graduates with local costs covered apart from travel. (other students must cover local costs). To apply, please send a short CV (max. 2 pages), a letter of motivation, and a reference from your supervising professor to no later than early June. For more information see the poster here.