Democracy and Economics

“Who bears responsibility for the future of democracy? A multi-perspective series of discussions on the relationship between business and democracy in the era of global change, protectionism and populism.” is a Trialog-Series carried out by The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” and the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform.

Liberal democracies offer their citizens a level of prosperity unequalled by any other political system. As a form of government, democracy generally enjoys a high degree of public approval, but the way it works on a day-to-day basis is viewed with increasing skepticism.

People’s life worlds are changing due to globalization and digitalization. New prospects and opportunities emerge, but there is also a growing sense of uncertainty. Many citizens ask themselves whether politics, along with business, academic communities and civil society, are capable to find appropriate solutions to the new challenges. The time has come to discuss how business, politics, organized civil society and academia can interact in a way that allows democracy and business to function together on a sustainable basis.

To identify viable solutions the participation of all relevant actor-groups is needed. The Trialogs as a specific method of discussion of the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform reflects a variety of perspectives and opens the possibility to exchange opinions and assess options for action in a confidential atmosphere. They are designed to be hands-on and participatory, linking theoretical and often complex background issues to current, real-life topics and problems.

With our Trialog-Series “Who bears responsibility for the future of democracy?” we would like to kick-off a long-due debate with three one-day events that focus on the role of business in its interactions with politics and organized civil society. We hope the discussions will be open, controversial and rewarding for all participants.

Dr. Niklas Im Winkel
Lead: Dr. Niklas Im Winkel


[+] I. Trialog: Democracy and the market economy: Strong only in combination?

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[+] II. Trialog: Companies caught between the profit motive and the public interest?

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[+] III. Trialog: Everything different in the future?

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