The Streets are calling! Transforming institutions to address long-term challenges to democracy.

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Serena D’Agostino
Ferran Davesa
Jana Gheuens

Several protest waves hit the roads, streets and public squares in Europe and beyond in the last years. As diverse as these movements are, they all express a big sense of urgency. To what extent are the current democratic systems able to provide answers to these challenges? Can decision-making structures be transformed so as to achieve effective representation? Three possible pathways are identified in order to organize our political systems in a less elitist way. We argue that political participation should go beyond the mere presence of minority groups in formal political settings to include their voice and influence.

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