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Learning Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Extremism

Investigator(s):

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

Learning Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Extremism

How should the public sphere respond to the threats posed by the violent extremism? The report, 'Building Democratic Resilience' offers a framework for examining and improving the public sphere responses to violent extremism. It develops the concept of ‘democratic resilience’ drawing on the theory of deliberative democracy, and empirical research on countering violent extremism (CVE) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It explains how ‘democratic resilience’ differs from and supplements ‘community resilience’, which is the current resilience framework used by the NSW Government. The report offers key insights for academics, public servants, policy makers and the journalists working to develop strategies for tackling violent extremism. The research undertaken for this report is funded by the NSW Government, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Program 2022.

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