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Mission Statement

The ongoing process of European integration and in particular the planned enlargement of the European Union present new challenges for the evolution of democracy in Europe. The research programme >node< of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research (bmwf) addresses the future of democracy in Europe. With >node<, we are inviting scientists to rethink democracy, to analyse political developments and processes and the mechanisms that guide and control them, and to come up with options and alternatives for the further development of democratic politics.


Research focus of >node<

The future democratic development of Europe is going to effect its citizens as well as politics in various ways. Within the framework of the first two calls for proposals the projects deal with the following topics:

How can relations between institutions be redesigned in a democratic way and how can citizens' involvement be improved in institutional decision-making processes?
How to deal with national, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity in a democratic way?
Analysis of the shifts in the European working society and the structural changes of gainful employment. Innovative forms of co-determination and participation have to be devised or integrated into the various new types of work.

These topics were deepened as well as complemented within the 3rd round for project applications. 

"Fragmented democracy" and interest representation
Describing the European Union as a political system: various forms of citizenship, representation and political participation. The development of the European Union with respect to democracy in an embedded market and the future formation of a differentiated social model.
European democracy in a global context
The development of the European Union as a democratic system in an international context: links to various political traditions versus particularities of the EU, its future position in a global context and the definition of relations to non-EU states.
New social and cultural cleavages within European democracies
The challenge of an ever increasing plurality within the EU: cultures of minorities, marginalized groups and a-typical lifestyles, migration ....