Lecture  /  October 19, 2023, 11 a.m.

Representative democracy in decline

On October 19, Alexander Hartland will be our guest at Fraunhofer ISI with his lecture »Representative democracy in decline«.

The ISI lecture series bundles exciting topics from the Fraunhofer ISI portfolio and offers opportunities for discussion and exchange at regular intervals.



How can we measure and study citizens' dissatisfaction with representative democracy in the EU's multi-level system?

How can we conceptualize and empirically measure political trust and legitimacy beyond the usual survey questions? Does the multi-level nature of European representative democracies require an identical level of citizen support at the regional, national and EU levels? Using focus groups, experimental surveys, and web scraping analysis in ten EU countries, the Horizon Europe-funded ActEU project aims to answer these questions.



Dr. Alexander Hartland

Dr. Alexander Hartland is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science with a focus on European Integration and International Relations at the University of Saarland. His work focuses on political trust, polarisation, and interest groups. He uses survey data, experimental research designs and quantitative text analysis to study political attitudes and behaviour and the influence of institutions, lobbying and public opinion on public policy.