The Democratic Public Sphere

The public sphere is generally considered to be the central nervous system of democracy.
This is where society’s political opinion formation takes place and where elected politicians are expected to explain and legitimize their administration of power to the citizens.

Today, however, the public sphere appears to be challenged in various ways by phenomena like spin, professionalization of politics, commercialization of media, inequality with regard to participation etc.
Furthermore, important political decisions are often made in contexts that are closed to the general public – e.g. professional networks, global enterprises, the EU system.

This collective project will conduct a multifaceted, interdisciplinary analysis with the aim of mapping the nature and scope of these challenges.
Subsequently, the project will consider possible models for strengthening the public sphere as a factor in the process of political decision-making.

Individual projects

  • Henrik Kaare Nielsen, dr.phil., professor, Department of Aesthetics & Communication, AU
  • Jan Løhmann Stephensen, PhD, Post-doc Fellow, Department of Aesthetics & Communication, AU
  • Mads P. Sørensen, PhD, Senior researcher at The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science and Government, AU
  • Rikke Alberg Peters, PhD, Post-doc Fellow, Department of Aesthetics & Communication, AU
  • Jørn Loftager, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Government, AU
  • Simon Calmar Andersen, PhD, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Government, AU
  • Christina Fiig, PhD, associate professor, European Studies, AU
  • Thomas Olesen, ph.d., lektor ved Institut for Statskundskab
  • Lasse Lindekilde, ph.d., lektor ved Institut for Statskundskab

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Working papers

    • Working Papers 8, Christina Fiig: A Theoretical Framework: News Sources, Gender and Majority-Minority in Danish TV News Programs
    • Arbejdspapir 7, Rikke Alberg Peters: Informationssamfundet og højrefløjens nye fremtrædelsesformer
    • Arbejdspapir 6, Henrik Kaare Nielsen: Kunstneriske interventionsformer
    • Arbejdspapir 5, Mads P. Sørensen: Offentlighed, videnskab og ikke-viden - nye udfordringer for den demokratiske samtale
    • Working Papers 4, Tom Nielsen: Democratic Urban Spaces in the Nordic Countries

 

 

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Henrik Kaare Nielsen

Professor with Special Responsibilities