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Building Democratic Resilience

We examine the role of public deliberation in highly polarised and post-crisis contexts and the possibilities for democratic transformation in technocratic and semi-authoritarian regimes.

Research Leads

Jordan McSwiney
Jordan McSwiney

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Selen A. Ercan
Selen A. Ercan

Professor and Centre Director

Projects and grants

Learning Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Extremism

Learning Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Extremism

Investigator(s):

Selen A. Ercan, John S. Dryzek, Peter Balint, and Jordan McSwiney

Strongmen of Asia: Democratic bosses and how to understand them

Strongmen of Asia: Democratic bosses and how to understand them

Investigator(s):

Nicole Curato

Beyond Demagogues and Deplorables: Transforming populist rhetoric for participatory futures

Beyond Demagogues and Deplorables: Transforming populist rhetoric for participatory futures

Investigator(s):

Nicole Curato

Deliberation in Schools

Deliberation in Schools

Investigator(s):

Pierrick Chalaye and Kei Nishiyama, together with the Centre’s Associate Wendy Russel

Communication Across Difference In A Democracy: Australian Muslims And The Mainstream

Communication Across Difference In A Democracy: Australian Muslims And The Mainstream

Investigator(s):

Bora Kanra, John Dryzek, Selen A. Ercan, Alessandra Pecci

Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks

Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks

Investigator(s):

Selen A. Ercan, Jordan McSwiney, Peter Balint, John S. Dryzek

Deliberative democracy in the face of democratic crisis: Contributions, dilemmas and the ways forward

Deliberative democracy in the face of democratic crisis: Contributions, dilemmas and the ways forward

Investigator(s):

Ricardo F. Mendonça, Camilo Aggio, Viktor Chagas, Selen Ercan, Viviane Freitas, Filipe Motta, Rayza Sarmento, Francisco Tavares

Building Back Better: Participatory Governance In A Post-Haiyan World

Building Back Better: Participatory Governance In A Post-Haiyan World

Investigator(s):

Nicole Curato and April Porteria

Protests and Political Engagement

Protests and Political Engagement

Investigator(s):

Selen A. Ercan, Ricardo F. Mendonca, Umut Ozguc

Who will Bury the Dead? Community Responses in Duterte’s Bloody War on Drugs

Who will Bury the Dead? Community Responses in Duterte’s Bloody War on Drugs

Investigator(s):

Nicole Curato, Jayeel Cornelio and Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez

Key publications

Building Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Violent Extremism

Selen A. Ercan, Jordan McSwiney, Peter Balint, and John S. Dryzek

2022

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State of NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Building Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Violent Extremism

Mending Democracy: Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times

Carolyn M. Hendriks, Selen A. Ercan, and John Boswell

2020

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Oxford University Press

Mending Democracy: Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times

The Crisis of Democracy and the Science of Deliberation

Dryzek, J.S., Bächtiger, A. et al

2019

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Science 363: 1144-46. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw2694

 The Crisis of Democracy and the Science of Deliberation

Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedies to Deliberative Action

Nicole Curato

2019

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Oxford University Press

Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedies to Deliberative Action

Impact Story

Our research on democratic resilience informs policy and practice in New South Wales

In 2022, the Centre was commissioned to undertake research for the New South Wales Government. The research report was completed in September 2022 and the launch was hosted by Australian National University’s Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry. Panel speakers included Pia van de Zandt (Director, Connected Communities, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet), Dr Emily Corner (Senior Lecturer of Criminology, Centre for Social Research and Methods, ANU), and Dr Jordan McSwiney (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance).

Emphasising the value of our report, Pia van de Zandt said, "You and your team brought valuable comparative insights, were very collaborative and cognisant of the report’s audience. Most importantly, your research made some valuable and practical findings, for NSW to consider as it further develops its response to violent extremism. The report will help us to improve our efforts to protect our democracy and enhance the resilience of communities to shocks and threats."

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