Welcome to FES Democracy of the Future


About Us

FES Democracy of the Future is part of the international branch of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung working on democracy in the OSCE region and based in Vienna. In collaboration with researchers, we explore and look for answers to key questions concerning democracy:

  • How dangerous is social and political polarisation for democracy?
  • What political instruments are available to take the edge off political division?
  • What role could citizens’ assemblies  play?
  • How do economic inequalities affect the democratic system?
  • What effective strategies are there to work against autocratic models?
  • How can we we combat the rise of right-wing populism?
  • How should the democracy of the future look like?

Find out more about us and our work here.

Our Topics

Polarisation & Democracy

Polarisation & Democracy

People have different opinions. Respecting the pluralism of opinions and convictions is one of the key tenets of a democracy. But democracy also requires coming together and finding a compromise. What happens if polarisation turns toxic and undermines this basis for compromise and progress? Find out More

Citizens' Assemblies

Citizens' Assemblies

Many democracies around the world have been plagued by increased political and societal polarisation, decreasing trust of citizens in the institutions of representative democracy and a decreasing willingness of citizens to participate in political processes. Can citizens' assemblies help alleviate these developments? Find out More

Inequality & Democracy

Inequality & Democracy

How does inequality affect democracy? How unequal is participation and voter turnout? Are legislative bodies in fact an image of the society they assert to represent? How can we make democracy more equal so it fulfills the promise of equal consideration of interests and opinions? What can progressives do about that? More

Right-Wing Populism

Right-Wing Populism

Democratic backsliding is fundamentally linked to the rise of right-wing populist parties (RWPPs). It is leaders of RWPPs at the helm of illiberal democratic projects that are at the forefront of undermining democratic institutions. Understanding the electoral success of RWPPs is crucial if we want to successfully safeguard liberal democracy. More

Youth Studies

Do young people support and believe in democracy? Do they trust their governments, the EU, or both? Do they think it pays off to get a good education? Are they optimistic about the future? Since 2009, FES has conducted numerous youth studies around the world, investigating how young generations perceive the development of their societies and their personal future in times of national and global transformations. As of 2018, FES youth studies focus on Southern Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Central Europe, and the Baltic states. Further studies for the Middle East and Northern Africa are planned. FES youth studies combine qualitative and quantitative research elements and are carried out in close collaboration with regional research teams.

Publications

Youth study Czechia

Youth study Czechia

2021 ; Secure presence, challenging future ; Executive summary
Bonn, 2022

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Česká mládež v roce 2021

Česká mládež v roce 2021

2021 ; Bezpečná přítomnost, náročná budoucnost
Bonn, 2022

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