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AIAS Seminar: Kees van Kersbergen

High-Speed Society, Slow-Motion Democracy

Info about event


Monday 9 November 2020,  at 14:15 - 15:30


Virtual via Zoom



Join URL: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/63151492665 to attend as the talk is given via Zoom.  

Speaker: Kees van Kersbergen, AIAS JCS Fellow and Professor, Political Science, Aarhus University 


Social acceleration – the progressively faster rate of technological, social and life-pace change – presents a dilemma for democratic problem solving: Either the political system speeds up decision-making by toning down, circumventing or eliminating slow democratic procedures, or democratic procedures are held on to at the cost of swift problem solving. What precisely is going on? What, if anything, can be done? I present the theory, my approach and a number of empirical illustrations in different policy areas, including the welfare state.

Short bio

Kees van Kersbergen studied Political Science at the University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He is professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science of Aarhus University (since 2010). His research activities cover a wide range of topics and issues in comparative politics and political economy.

See Kees van Kersbergen's project at AIAS

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.