WAPOR, in collaboration with the Research and Expertise Center in Survey Methodology (RECSM, www.upf.edu/survey) and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (www.upf.edu), will hold a regional conference on November 24-25, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The theme of the conference is Political Trust in Contemporary Representative Democracies. Democratic representation seems to be in a crisis, at least from the citizen perspective. This is most notoriously observed in the low and still decreasing levels of political trust in the main institutions of democratic representation (parliaments, governments), social and political institutions of aggregation of interest (political parties and unions), and even international and supranational political and economic institutions. Citizens seem to be more and more critical towards these institutions essential for the political, economic and social order of contemporary representative democracies. This is a particularly notable problem in today’s world, given the already visible consequences.
Please check the conference website to see how the program is taking shape here.