| Contemporary Democratic Theory | Post-Democracy | Democracy and Digitality |
| Participation
| Democratic Governance in the 21st Century |


From l.t. to r.b.: Claudia Ritzi, Pia Schweinsberger, Alexandra Zierold, Manuel Biertz

Trier’s research on political theory focuses on transformation processes and challenges of contemporary democracy and their theoretical implications. This includes an occupation with crises theories – especially scholarly debates on post-democracy and democratic innovations – or new forms of political participation. Our area of expertise includes public sphere and deliberative democratic theories.

Professor Ritzi has published extensively on the post-democratisation of the public sphere, the conditions for democratic legitimacy in the digital era, direct democracy, as well as political participation ‘on-‘ and ‘offline’. Claudia Ritzi is co-editor of a two-volume textbook on contemporary democratic theory and, most recently, an Open Access series on politics in the digital society. A list of selected publications can be found here.

Information regarding the research project "Demokratiebildung in der digitalisierten Gesellschaft" can be found ► here.