Democratic Representation in an Internationalized and Globalized World



Friday, 15. October 2010 | 9:25 Uhr

Speaker

Stefanie Bailer

Organisation

ETH Zurich

Reporting

Professor Stefanie Bailer from ETH Zurich reported that in globalized political order, there are debates of whether the end of parliamentarism has come or whether it is time to declare a postparliamentarist period. She explained the problems of free votes. Afterwards, she analysed voting processes for complex issues and factors which explain these decisions. She came to the conclusion that modern democracies face two types of challenges. On the one hand, national parliamentarians lost competencies to international organizations with increasing power such as the European Union. On the other hand, the representatives are faced with more intricate policy problems due to more complex societies (e.g. legislation on genetically modified mechanisms). For the Swiss militia system, she mentioned the following risk: “The more complex the issues, the more successful lobbyists will be!”

Stefanie Bailer

She was born in Schondorf (Germany) in 1973 and graduated from secondary school in Hohenbaden in 1992.

From 1992 to 1998, she studied Administrative Sciences with a major in International Relations at the Universities of Constance and Manchester Metropolitan (UK).

From 1998 to 1999, she was a scholarship holder at the Robert-Bosch-Stiftungskolleg in the Ukraine.

From 1999 to 2004, she wrote her dissertation on the power and success of the Council of Ministers in EU negotiations at the Universities of Constance, Groningen and Michigan.

Since 2002, Stefanie Bailer works at the University of Zurich, Institute for Political Science.

Since 2007, lecturer for Political Science at the University of Lucerne.

Since 2009, professor for Global Governance at ETH Zurich.

Donators and Partners

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

DIE HIRSCHMANN STIFTUNG ist eine gemeinnützige schweizerische Stiftung. 1985 wurde sie vom Unternehmer und Aviatik-Pionier Carl W. Hirschmann gegründet.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.