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: 

We presented first results from the second wave of the study “Citizens and Democracy in Baden-Württemberg” to the Baden-Württemberg foundation in February 2018. Until June 2018, extensive analyses considering support for the "Alternative für Deutschland" (AfD) and political support in Baden-Württemberg were prepared for a joint book project, presenting the results of all sub-projects of the Democracy-Monitoring Baden-Württemberg 2016/17. The book, entitled “Demokratie-Monitoring Baden-Württemberg”, is published with Springer VS. Furthermore, Sarah Perry is using the project’s data as a basis for the analyses in her Ph.D. thesis, in which she is investigating the level and the backgrounds of political support based on effectiveness and legitimacy.

Fact sheet

City of Mannheim; Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
2012 to 2019
Data Sources: 
Representative surveys (CATI), focus groups
Geographic Space: 
City of Mannheim; State of Baden-Württemberg



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