The Bavarian Research Association
At a time when it becomes apparent that democracy and its principles such as equality for all, the rule of law, the separation of powers, the protection of minorities as well as participation are threatened by a loss of attractivity, society faces the challenge of newly negotiating these concepts.
- How can participation and decision-making procedures as well as possibly also ideas of democracy as such be modified in a way as to adjust them to the problems of the 21st century?
- How can democracy as a political form of organisation be maintained without giving up on the vision of recognizing everybody as being free and equal, irrespective of any factual difference?
- What distinguishes democracy, and how can democratic processes be organised in a way as to allow for active participation of the citizens? Which role can the sciences play in this context, and which role are they supposed to play?
In the context of eleven sub-projects from the humanities and the social sciences at eight Bavarian universities, the Bavarian ForDemocracy Research Association researches this issue: University of Bamberg, HAW Landshut, HAW Munich, LMU Munich, Hochschule für Politik an der TU Munich, University of Passau, OTH Regensburg, and University of Würzburg.
This four-years research project is funded by Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.