Rollback Forum

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- Spaces & strategies for reviving democracy and open societies in Europe –

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Venue: CEU, Budapest, Nador 9, Faculty Tower, Auditorium

Recent events and developments in a number of European countries give rise to serious concerns about the stability of democracy in parts of the continent. Constitutional and other legal changes, a cut-down on freedom of the press as well as the freedom of association, challenges to the independence of the judiciary, xenophobia, anti-EU attitudes, low voter turnout, erosion of trust in government, and corruption -- all pose growing challenges to the prospects of open societies in Europe. These trends are addressed in a series of events organized by the School of Public Policy at CEU in cooperation with the Hertie School of Governance.

Based on a prior analysis of anti-democratic trends in Europe, the “Rolling Back The Rollback” Forum will examine possible responses to the rollback of democracy and open societies. How can some of the anti-democratic processes be reversed and how can further erosion of the foundations of open societies be prevented?

The morning panels will analyze drivers and dimensions of democratic rollback and the role and credibility of the EU as a guardian of democracy. Featured speakers include Franziska Brantner, Heather Grabbe, Bela Greskovits, Andras Jakab, Kati Marton, Jan Werner Mueller, G. M. Tamás and Renata Uitz.

The afternoon program will break away from conventional conference format and provide interactive forum space for young actors to discuss and debate novel approaches, spaces and strategies for ‘rolling back the rollback’, with, among others, a special focus on opportunities and limitations of new digital forms of mobilization and participation.

The forum will lay the foundations for policy formulation and dissemination. Its interdisciplinary approach and policy focus will result in recommendations on potential strategies for governments, local and international civil society and EU institutions.

You can download the full program here.

SPP has compiled a dossier of relevant publications for the Forum. To access it, click here.

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You can read a report of the day's discussions here.


This event is organized by the School of Public Policy at CEU in cooperation with the Hertie School of Governance with the financial support of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for Europe.