Political participation beyond the nation state

Political participation beyond borders

europakarte2In an age of global interconnectedness and interdependence, political decision-making no longer occurs in nationally closed systems. In Europe, this is particularly evident: Elements of the representative, democratic system are partially integrated in supranational decision-making processes and representation on the supranational level is manifested through elections to the European Parliament. But also (or especially) non-systemic forms of political participation across state borders are often organised in international or global movements. Empirical and normative questions concerning the political participation of different social groups therefore become even more complex and require a specific and comparative treatment. Questions about the decision-making level at which citizens participate and about accountability and democratic legitimacy across state borders form the focus of interest here.

Comparative studies and the way towards integration

d|part strives to explore the similarities and differences in the understanding and practice of political participation in different countries of Europe and cooperates with the European Youth Card Association (EYCA) for this purpose. Comparative studies that evaluate framework conditions as well as actual praxis form the core of the analyses. Through the integration of actors external to research institutions d|part aims to make the results meaningful not just for those interested in research, but also for creating public impact on the understanding of participation. Particularly the knowledge about opportunities to participate and the formation of networks shall be supported. d|part wants to help widening the debate by raising the question to what extent the coherence of political (participation) culture is necessary to enable economic and political integration processes across national borders.