The Governance Report 2017

ISBN : 9780198787327

The Hertie School of Governance
208 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Looking at recent developments around the world, it seems that democratic values - from freedom of association and speech to fair and free elections and a system of checks and balances - have come under threat. Experts have, however, disproportionately focused on the problems of democracy in the West, and pointed to familiar sets of shortcomings and emerging deficiencies. By contrast, and with few exceptions, there is less attention to assessing the numerous efforts and innovative activities that are taking place at local, national and international levels. They seek to counteract backsliding and subversion by improving resilience and consolidation and by promoting the expansion of democracy, especially in an era of limited sovereignty and, frequently also, statehood. The Governance Report 2017 focuses on those policies, programs, and initiatives meant to address the causes of the current democratic malaise, to foster democratic resilience, and to stimulate the (re-)consolidation and development of democratic regimes. The Report's ambition, reflecting its evidence-based approach, is to shed light on how to manage and care for democracy itself. Specifically, against the backdrop of an assessment of the state of democracy and enriched by cross-national, comparative indicators and case studies, the Report emphasizes solutions geared toward enhancing citizen participation and improving institutions in various contexts, including the rise of neo-populism. Going beyond descriptions of best practices, the Report also examines their origins, identifies the actual and potential trade-offs these solutions entail, and makes concrete recommendations to policymakers.


List of Figures, Tables and Boxes:
List of Abbreviations:
I: Democracy Challenged, Helmut K. Anheier
II: Democratic Innovations, Claus Offe
III: Democratic Innovation and the Politics of Fear: Lessons from Eastern Europe, Daniel Smilov
IV: The Contradictions of Democratic Innovation in the United States, Didi Kuo
V: Democratic Innovations: Lessons From Beyond the West
VI: Democratic Innovations for Re-engaging Citizens Around the World, Matthias Haber
VII: Governing Exigencies: On Liberal Democracy and National Security, Ewa Atanassow and Ira Katznelson
VIII: The Limits of Democratic Innovations in Established 111 Democracies, Wolfgang Merkel
IX: Democratic Innovations and Social Movements, Donatella Della Porta and Andrea Felicetti
X: Innovations in Activism in the Digital era: Campaigning for Refugee Rights in 2015-16, Nina Hall
XI: Democracy and Innovations: A Conceptual Toolbox, Claus Offe
XII: Innovations at a Glance, Helmut K. Anheier, Sonja Kaufmann and Regina A. List


The Hertie School of Governance is a private university based in Berlin, accredited by the German State and the German Science Council. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The School was founded at the end of 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major partner.