About d|part

d|part is a non-prof­it, inde­pen­dent and non-par­ti­san think tank. The focus of our work is to research and sup­port dif­fer­ent forms of polit­i­cal participation.


Our research pro­vides a foun­da­tion for empir­i­cal­ly sound state­ments about the state of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in Ger­many and Europe. We give ori­en­ta­tion on mat­ters of pub­lic opin­ion, cit­i­zen involve­ment and in the under­stand­ing of civ­il soci­ety actors. We car­ry out research projects, teach at schools and uni­ver­si­ties, and advise pub­lic insti­tu­tions, cit­i­zen ini­tia­tives and polit­i­cal organ­i­sa­tions in work­shops and seminars.



At d|part we believe that the par­tic­i­pa­tion of cit­i­zens in the polit­i­cal process is the basis of a func­tion­ing democ­ra­cy. A legit­i­mate and suc­cess­ful con­struc­tion of civic soci­ety can­not func­tion with­out it.


Dis­cus­sions about the state of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in Ger­many and Europe are increas­ing­ly con­tro­ver­sial. In the midst of these dis­cus­sions, there is much spec­u­la­tion about the actu­al state of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion. Debates often miss out on acknowl­edg­ing the var­i­ous dimen­sions of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion and polit­i­cal prac­tice and pub­lic dis­course are not suf­fi­cient­ly tak­en into account. 


At d|part we have set our­selves the goal to add sound empir­i­cal find­ings to the debate on polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion and to pro­mote an informed dia­logue between researchers, pol­i­cy mak­ers and cit­i­zens. Our research projects pro­vide a basis for well-found­ed state­ments about the state of demo­c­ra­t­ic par­tic­i­pa­tion in Ger­many and Europe. We con­tribute cre­ative­ly to the pub­lic dis­cus­sion of the issue of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion as the most impor­tant com­po­nent of a func­tion­ing democracy.