Colóquio Internacional "Crises da Democracia"

6 and 7 November, 2014

Venue: Wool Museum, Nucleus of the Real Fábrica Veiga, UBI, Pole I


“Democracy has historically unparalleled global popularity today yet has never been more conceptually footloose or substantively hollow”  (Wendy Brown)  

 

Today, the discourse on democracy is something bipolar: it oscillates between the rejoicing for its development in the world, in the last four decades, and the restlessness of the present crises and doubts about a future that some fear to be "post-democratic" (Crouch). And, indeed, there are reasons to talk about a crisis of the concept as well as of the object. The crisis of the concept lies in the latitude of its ambiguities and heterogeneity of its meanings, in strained relationship with its regulatory claims. As for the subject, in fact History conceived and presented us diverse "models of democracy". The crisis which we live in is the model that became dominant, centered in the representation and in the consequent shift away of moments of identity, deliberation and participation. This colloquium aims to undertake an open reflection on the issue of democracy, in particular on the alleged crises of its concept and its achievements in various objects, namely in the existing democracies, possible or yet to come. To think about the possible is also, obviously, to think about the future of democracy.

 

Organizers: André Barata, António Bento, José Manuel Santos

 

Programme

Day 6

 

10:30 am – Opening

10:45 – 11:45 - Opening Conference (Moderator José Manuel Santos)

 

Yves-Charles Zarka (Univ. of Paris IV) 

La crise de la légitimité en démocratie - The crisis of legitimacy in democracy

 

12 pm – 1:30 pm (Moderator Nuno Augusto)

 

André Freire (IUL/ISCTE)

A governação democrática portuguesa perante a intervenção da Troika: padrões de governação-oposição e determinantes individuais do apoio ao regime e da confiança política - The Portuguese democratic governance before Troika intervention: patterns of governance - opposition and individual determinants of support for the regime and the political trust

 

João Carlos Correia (LabCom/UBI) 

O impacto politico das alterações na experiência cultural (à luz das relações entre publico e privado) - The political impact of the changes in cultural experience (in the light of the relationship between public and private)

 

Lunch

 

2:30 pm – 4 pm (Moderator António Amaral)

 

Alexandre Franco de Sá(Univ. of Coimbra)

A sombra da democracia - The shadow of democracy

 

Luís F. Madeira (IFP/UBI) 

Défice democrático e crise de regime: Portugal e a União numa perspetiva comparada - Democratic deficit and regime crisis: Portugal and the Union in a comparative perspective

 

4:30 pm – 6 pm (Moderator José Rosa)

 

Jean-Fabian Spitz (Univ. of  Paris I) 
Néolibéralisme et démocratie: Un mariage impossible?
- Neo-liberalism and democracy: An impossible marriage?

 

Carlos Jalali (Univ. of Aveiro) 

Uma dupla crise? Os partidos políticos e as crises da democracia - A double crisis? The political parties and the crisis of democracy

 

Day 7

 

10 am – 12:30 am (Moderator António Bento)

 

Irene Viparelli (IFP/EU)

A temporalidade ontológica da democracia - The ontological temporality of democracy

 

Rafaele Laudani (Univ. of Bologna)

La disobbedienza nella crisi della democrazia - Disobedience in the crises of democracy

 

Lunch

 

2 pm – 3:30 pm (Moderator Ana Rita Ferreira)

 

Roberto Bueno (Federal University of Uberlandia)

Democracia em crise e suas alternativas teórico-políticas - Democracy in crisis and its theoretical-political alternatives

 

António Bento (IFP/UBI)

Democracia e Governo – Democracy and Government

 

4 pm – 5 pm - Closing Conference (Moderator André Barata)

 

Philippe C. Schmitter(European University Institute) 

Democracy in crisis and in transition, but not in decline

Support:
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
União Europeia
Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional
Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade
Universidade da Beira Interior