On February 3rd, the conference "Parties, Citizens, and Democracy" took place on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Director emeritus Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Klingemann
In recent years, democracy, parties, and citizens have been facing a number of challenges: Political communities change; political cultures become more heterogeneous. The mass media and new media affect the structures of communication between representatives and represented. Increasing demand for participation challenges representative democracy and traditional actors such as political parties. Voters have to deal with an increasing complexity of policy spaces. Holding governments accountable becomes increasingly complicated, political representation more complex.
Parties, citizens, and democracy are at the core of Hans-Dieter Klingemann's work, former Director of the WZB research unit “Institutions and Social Change”. He contributed to the analysis of transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and as former president of the European Political Science Network to the development
of political science in the new democracies. The role of parties and the orientation and behavior of citizens that make democracy work are the two key dimensions characterizing Hans-Dieter Klingemann’s research.
The event was organized by Bernhard Weßels (WZB). Klingemann's former colleages and PhD students from the WZB and beyond discussed his exceptional research:
✓ Dieter Fuchs (Universität Stuttgart),
✓ Christian Welzel (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg),
✓ Max Kaase (WZB Alumni),
✓ Katrin Voltmer (University of Leeds),
✓ Steven Weldon (Simon Fraser University),
✓ Ian Budge (Emiritus at University of Essex),
✓ Franz Urban Pappi (Emiritus at Universität Mannheim - University of Mannheim),
✓ Hermann Schmitt (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research),
✓ Radek Markowski (University of Oxford),
✓ Bernhard Weßels (WZB),
✓ Jacques Thomassen (University of Twente), and
✓ Edeltraud Roller (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
You find the full programme here: https://wzb.eu/…/veranstaltu…/parties-citizens-and-democracy
Many thanks to the WZB and Bernhard Weßels for providing us with the photos.