The NCCR Democracy is an interdisciplinary research program which examines the key challenges to democracy today and traces them to two major trends: globalization and the growing influence of the media on politics (mediatization). These two trends pose significant challenges to the ways that established democracies have traditionally operated. At the same time, they provide new opportunities for both new and established democracies to adapt to changing conditions. The NCCR Democracy was launched by the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) and the Swiss National Science Foundation in October 2005. Its principal aim is to propose designs to improve the quality of democracy and political decision-making processes. The NCCR Democracy represents an unprecedented disciplinary alliance in Europe between political science and media and communication studies.
Lars Müller Publishers
Lars Müller Publishers is an internationally active publishing house. It came into being in Baden, Switzerland, in 1983, as a result of the bibliophile passion of designer Lars Müller. The press has made a worldwide name for itself – and not just in specialist fields – with carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art. Lars Müller works closely with his authors to produce significant publications of great independence, to the highest possible standards. Lars Müller Publishers presents its program as a “school of seeing.” It offers a precise selection from the unmanageable flood of visual events, and brings together authors, designers, and artists who stand for quality and tenacity in their own right.