University of Bamberg

Anxieties of democracy in Europe and North America

Prospects for Future Research and Collaboration March 7 – 9, 2019 | Hotel Bamberger Hof, Germany

Anxieties of democracy in Europe and North America

Prospects for Future Research and Collaboration


University of Bamberg | March 7–9, 2019

Workshop venue: Hotel Bamberger Hof, Lukas Schönlein Room

Organizers: Claudia Landwehr, Thomas Saalfeld and Armin Schäfer 



Thursday, 7 March 2019


15:55   Participants meet in the lobby of Hotel Bamberger Hof

16:00-16:30   Start of conference in the Hotel Bamberger Hof, Lukas Schönlein Room

Claudia Landwehr, Thomas Saalfeld and Armin Schäfer
Introducing the workshop themes and participants

16:30 – 18:00

Panel I: Equal Citizens, Unequal Participation

Kris-Stella Trump (SSRC)
Political Participation and the Complexity of Economic Status

Christopher Ojeda (University of Tennessee)
How citizens react of economic (in)equality

Josh Carpenter
(Democracy Fellow, currently University of Mainz)


19:00   Dinner at Hofmanns Steak und Fisch Restaurant
Schillerplatz 7, 96047 Bamberg (vegetarian options are available)


Friday, March 8 2019


9:00 – 13:00

Panel II: Citizens’ Understanding of Democracy and Procedural Preferences

Claudia Landwehr
(University of Mainz): Introduction

Claudia Landwehr (University of Mainz)
Citizens’ Conceptions of Democracy – Elite Discourses and Attitudinal Patterns

André Bächtiger (University of Stuttgart)
A New Look at Deliberative Democracy

10:30 – 11:00   Coffee break

Mónica Ferrín Pereira (University of Turin)
European Democratic Attitudes and the Party System – Learning from ESS 6

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch at the Hotel Bamberger Hof

14:00 – 18:00  

Panel III: Representation


Armin Schäfer (University of Münster): Introduction

Hilde Coffe (University of Bath)
Political knowledge about the descriptive representation of women and ethnic minorities and its impact on support for measures to increase their representation

Armin Schäfer (University of Münster)
The Politics of Presence—for the Working Class?

15:30 – 16:00
   Coffee break

Melody Crowder-Meyer (Davidson College)
Pipelines to More Equal Representation: Gender, Candidate Emergence, and Electoral Success in the US

Lars Vogel (University of Jena)
Descriptive and substantive representation in Germany

19:00  Dinner at the Restaurant Eckerts | Obere Mühlbrücke 9, 96049 Bamberg


Saturday, 9 March 2019


9:00 – 13:00

Panel IV: Legislatures as Institutional Arenas in Times of Polarization


Thomas Saalfeld (University of Bamberg): Introduction

Ulrich Sieberer (University of Bamberg)
Veto power induces cooperative behavior: How institutional incentives structure opposition behavior in the German Bundestag

Cheryl Schonhardt Bailey (LSE)
Deliberation in Oversight Committees: A Comparison Between the US and UK During the Financial Crisis Years

10:30 – 11:00
   Coffee break

Tom O’Grady (UCL)
Welfare Reforms and the Substantive Representation of Social Groups in the British Labour Party

12:30 – 13:00
  Conclusions and future plans

13:00  End of Workshop


Hotel Bamberger Hof
Schönleinsplatz 4
96047 Bamberg
Tel. +49 951 98 550