Pre-IPSA Workshop - 'Eroding Democracy & Authoritarian Resurgence' - Brisbane, 22 July 2018

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Mercure Brisbane Hotel, 
10.30-5.30 Sunday 22 July 2018

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress in Brisbane, Queensland. The aim is to widen and deepen network of colleagues working on the issues of the erosion of democracy and authoritarian resurgence, to share current papers,   and to consider the next steps in the research agenda.
Venue:  Burke Boardroom, Mercure Brisbane Hotel, 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane QLD 4000  
Workshop organizers: Pippa Norris and Sarah Cameron (University of Sydney)

Workshop coordinator: Megan Capriccio

Email:  Phone: 040-865-2272
Register online here: To reserve a place and specify your requirements

Logistics: There are no registration fees, meals and refreshments will be provided during the event, and we can also offer a domestic ($600) or international ($1200) travel award and one night hotel subsidy for participants who apply for these resources when they register.
Preliminary program: This is the preliminary version (29 June 2018) and the final version will be confirmed in at the workshop.
Papers: Copies of papers should be sent by 15th July to the panel discussant listed in the program and to Megan Capriccio for sharing online. 
Presentations: Power-point projection facilities will be available. Speakers will be asked to present their papers for around 10 minutes, with discussants given the same time allocation, allowing time in each panel for an open Q&A discussion moderated by the chair.


10.30-11.45    Workshop registration and morning refreshments
10.45-11.00    Welcome
Pippa Norris (Sydney and Harvard Universities)

11.00-12.30    Session 1: Problems of democratic backsliding  
Chair: Louise Chappell, (UNSW)

1.1.Pippa Norris (Sydney/Harvard) ‘The rise of authoritarian-populism and its consequence for democracy’

1.2 Benjamin Reilly, (Murdoch University), “Democratization in Southeast Asia: A challenge for theory?”

1.3 Rosalind Dixon, (UNSW) and David Landeau (Florida State University) “Abusive constitutional borrowing”

1.6 Discussant: Graeme Gill (Sydney)
12.30-02.00    Session 2: Buffet lunch and roundtable panel

Q&A roundtable informal panel discussion on priorities for reversing backsliding, moderated by Pippa Norris, with David Dutton, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Julie Ballington, UN Women (Tbc), and  Zaheera Seedat, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa. The roundtable will focus on three issues:
(1) During recent years, in your experience has the international community experienced new challenges in the erosion of democracy and authoritarian resurgence? 
(2) How has your organization responded to these challenges?
(3) What new initiatives by the research community would be welcomed to address these challenges?

02.00-03.30   Session 3: Current challenges

3.0 Chair: Adrian Little, (University of Melbourne)

3.1 Colleen Lewis, (Monash University)   “Trust deficits”

3.2 Tarun Khaitan, (Melbourne/Oxford) “The third existential crisis of the Indian constitution”

3.3 Ferran Martinez I Coma, (Griffith University) “Election turnout in authoritarian regimes”

3.4 Frank Mols, (University of Queensland)  “Current challenges in populism research”

3.5 Discussant: Tom Gerald Daly, (Melbourne Law School)

03.30-03.45   Refreshment break

03.45-04.45    Session 4: The emerging research agenda
Breakout workgroups discuss the most effective policy responses followed by the plenary report back. Each workgroup will elect a rapporteur. Workgroups are asked to address the following questions:
(1) During recent years, how has the research community in each sub-field sought to address new challenges in the erosion of democracy and authoritarian resurgence? 
(2) In your view, what are the main priorities for new research responded to these challenges?
(3) How could links with agencies in the practitioner community be strengthened to address these challenges?
B: Constitutional design: Workshop Chair: Louise Chappell (UNSW)
C. Political actors: Workshop Chair: Haig Patapan (Griffith)
D. Political Culture & Identities: Workshop Chair:  Jolanda Jetten (UQ)
E: Policy: Workshop Chair: Jenny Lewis (Melbourne)

04.45–05.30 Session 5: Workgroups report back.

05.30              End of workshop

7.30-8.30       IPSA Opening Ceremony, Brisbane Convention Center, Mezzanine  
8.30-9.30       IPSA Welcome reception, Mezzanine/Foyer