Democracy Monitoring

Research question/goal: 

Democracy monitoring aims to collect and to analyse empirical data in order to assess systematically the functioning of democracy and to identify possibilities for improvements. It is based on a detailed description of democratic attitudes and participatory orientations of citizens, as well as their assessments of the functioning of democracy. For that purpose usually two complementary instruments are used: representative surveys among the population (aged 15 and older) and focus group discussions on specific themes (understanding of democracy, expectations on municipal politics, performance assessments, etc.). The main goals of the project are (1) collecting data for a systematic evaluation of the functioning of democracy, (2) developing explanations for differences, and (3) analysing the quality of democracy based regional, national and international comparison, as well as European comparisons (using data from the most recent wave of the ESS). The project includes the Democracy Audit Mannheim (DAMA) and the Citizen and Democracy in Baden-Württemberg (BDBaWü).

Current stage: 

The data from the first wave of the project Citizens and Democracy in Baden-Württemberg (BDBaWü) was published in March 2016. We presented several different results from the Democracy Audit Mannheim (DAMA) and BDBaWü at a convention for young researchers in Freiburg, the PhD students’ forum of the Heinrich Böll foundation, and other events. In August 2016, we started preparations for the second wave of BDBaWü. Data collection began in November 2016. With data of the first and the second wave available, the empirical analysis of the functioning of democracy in Baden-Württemberg continues in 2017. The results will be presented and made accessible to the public.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
City of Mannheim; Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
Duration: 
2012 to 2018
Status: 
ongoing
Data Sources: 
Representative surveys (CATI), focus groups
Geographic Space: 
City of Mannheim; State of Baden-Württemberg

Publications

Books

van Deth, Jan W. (Ed.) (2014): Demokratie in der Großstadt: Ergebnisse des ersten Mannheimer Demokratie Audit. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. more