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World leading democracy research on Lindholmen Democracy Talks

The lunch event Lindholmen Democracy Talks continues. On February 23, the International Youth Think Tank (IYTT) invites Xavier Romero Vidal, a researcher at Cambridge's Center for the Future of Democracy, for a talk about the future of democracy after the pandemic. Xavier Romero Vidal and his colleagues have recently published a report analyzing completely fresh data on political attitudes from over half a million people.

Lindholmen Democracy Talks, which was launched in the autumn and was met with great appreciation. During the first half of the year, three new upcoming events are taking place: 23 February, 20 April and 22 June.

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In focus for the 23 of February is Xavier Romero Vidal and his latest research The Great Reset: Public Opinion, Populism, and The Pandemic. The paper shows that populistic ideas have lost ground and that there is increased support for political decision-making based on expert knowledge. At the same time, faith in democratic institutions remains low, after a decades-long decline. To some extent, increased confidence in technocracy is accompanied by greater support for freedom-restricting policies.

 

- What is interesting about the Center For the Future of Democracy is that in their program statement they so clearly take a stand for the research's role in renewing and developing democracy, says Urban Strandberg, director of IYTT. There they have clear points of contact with what we do.

The IYTT, in turn, will be presenting their own Youth Panel on political participation & attitudes.

With this as a starting point, there will follow a discussion on the future of democracy:

  • Are democratic institutions sufficiently equipped to represent the will and the values of the people – of young people especially?

 

  • How can democracy deficits be addressed, and what is the role of organizations like the IYTT in such a process?

Lindholmen Democracy Talks are open to everyone. They are dynamic and engaging, dedicating at least 15 minutes at the end of every event to questions and discussion – and also, inviting to interactive polls during the events.

Register here to participate