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Policy Dialogue Day 2018: New Challenges to Democracy, Governance, and Peace

News: May 15, 2019

Media and digital tools are shaking up political communication. Political exclusion and populism threaten democratic progress and good governance. Non-state actors become increasingly involved in various aspects of governance. These and other challenges affect democracy, governance and peace both at national and local level in many countries.

May 22 at Conference Center Wallenberg, Gothenburg
• Keynote Speaker: Larry Diamond (Stanford University)
• 200 international participants from leading policy organizations as World Bank, SIDA, USAID, Norad, OECD, OSCE etc and scholars
• Co-organized by: V-Dem Institute, QoG Institute, GLD, UCDP, and ViEWs

On May 22, representatives of leading international policy- and practitioners’ organizations will gather to discuss the current challenges to democracy, governance and peace and shed light on possible solutions based on the recent academic research, at the Wallenberg Conference Center, Gothenburg .

This year's keynote speaker, Larry Diamond, is a leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy. “Diamond is an inspiring lecturer, editor of the prestigious Journal of Democracy, and he co-edited some 36 books on democracy. Larry Diamond argues that bad governance – governance that serves only the interest of a narrow ruling elite and that is drenched in corruption and patronage –threatens democracy, increases inequality and exacerbates poverty”, says Monika Bauhr, head of the QoG Institute.

The Digital Era
The conference consists of parallel seminars, with discussions on selected themes, where researchers from different fields present their latest findings, and then open the floor for the audience.
“In our panel we will discuss the current threats and opportunities created by the digital era for democracy. We will present general patterns and talk about a few specific cases, where we have seen the positive and negative impact of internet and social media on our society. The results from our research are based on new data from the Digital Society Project, collected by the V-Dem Institute for the first time this year”, Valeriya Mechkova, V-Dem researcher.

But can we predict regime changes and threats?
An important topic covered by the Policy Day is the anticipation of new challenges using the advanced forecasting tools. “Using machine learning techniques, we are now able to estimate the probability that a country will experience an adverse regime transition within a two-year window. This type of early warning system can help the international community identify at-risk countries and allocate resources accordingly”, says Richard Morgan, V-Dem researcher.

Dialogue needed
“The Policy Day conference gives researchers and practitioners an opportunity to discuss common interests and challenges. Researchers can give practitioners a better understanding of our research results, and practitioners can help us to consider the challenges they face in putting these results into practice. Together, we can recognize the most important questions yet to be answered and how research might be implemented that leads to actionable insights,” Ellen Lust, director of GLD Gothenburg.

The conference Policy Dialogue Day 2019 - New Challenges to Democracy, Governance, and Peace takes place on May 22nd, 09:30-17:30, at Conference Center Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A, Gothenburg. Representatives from media are welcome to attend.

For program and more information:

The conference, organized for the fifth time by leading research institutes in Sweden, creates a platform for practitioners, policy makers, and academics to meet and offers insights on these challenges from various angles.

V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy): a new way to measure and conceptualize democracy worldwide, https://www.v-dem.net/en/

The QoG Institute (Quality of Government): studies how we can create and maintain public institutions of high quality and how the impact of governance quality affects different policy areas, http://qog.pol.gu.se/

GLD (Governance and Local Development): aims to explain variations in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally, http://gld.gu.se/sv/

UCDP: is the world's largest database on organized violence and the longest ongoing data collection project for civil war, http://ucdp.uu.se/?id=1

ViEWS: is a rigorous system that provides early warnings for political violence, http://www.pcr.uu.se/research/views/


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