Do we really need politicians? E-democracy vs. representative democracy

Parallel Session C.1 – 14:45 – 16:00, Thursday 2 May, Sala degli Stemmi, Villa Salviati, EUI

Abstract: Do we really need politicians? E-democracy vs. representative democracyIn many countries, politicians are seen as untrustworthy and politics as a rigged game. This trust crisis poses serious challenges to the “vertical” dimension of democracy, which has so far been crucial for the functioning of democratic institutions. The questions this panel will aim to address include: What are the remedies to this trust crisis? Should we accept the end of political intermediaries and invest in the “horizontal” dimension of democracy by expanding direct participation and edemocracy? Or should we fix politics by improving the selection and incentives of
elected officials?

Moderator: Andrea Mattozzi, Head of Economics Department, EUI


David Farrell, Professor and Head, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

Tommaso Nannicini, Member of the Italian Senate, and Professor, Bocconi University

Hans-Gert Pöttering, President, European Parliament Former Members Association, and Former President, European Parliament