In October, the Board of the NCCR Doctoral Program granted the first Living Reviews in Democracy Award to NCCR PhD students Nils-Christian Bormann, Rinaldo Kühne, Antoinette Scherz, and Thomas Winzen. The prize recognizes the best articles published in the open access online-journal Living Reviews in Democracy (LRD), which publishes review articles that survey progress in democracy research and guide readers to the most important literature in the field. LRD articles are regularly updated by their authors to incorporate the latest developments on the theme.
The jury selected the award-winning articles particularly due to their completeness and originality:
Nils-Christian Bormann’s review summarizes the discussion of Lijphart’s typology of consensus and majoritarian democracies and challenges the typology’s usefulness for understanding democracies beyond the OECD world.
Rinaldo Kühne’s article focuses on the question of how the appeal to citizens’ emotions made by media coverage of political issues influences political opinions. It offers a review of the literature on the effects of mood, arousal, and emotions in judgment processes and analyzes if all affects, whether relevant to a judgment or not, have the same impact.
Questions on the legitimacy of the demos are the topic of Antoinette Scherz’s review. Democracy needs a clearly delimitated demos to be able to make decisions. But who are the people that constitute the demos? The article aims to clarify the legitimacy of the demos’s boundaries, a question that has gained considerable importance due to migration and globalization.
Thomas Winzen deals with the question of whether political integration challenges democracy by undermining the impact of national parliaments and parliamentary elections on policy making. The paper reviews the literature on the role of national parliaments in the European Union and observes that the question of how national parliaments relate to citizens in EU affairs is a rarely studied field.
[from NCCR Newsletter Dec. 2012]