Political Voice in Times of Democratic Backsliding

16 maj, 10:00-11:30, IOGT-NTO Plan 3, Klara Södra kyrkogata 20, Stockholm

Please note: This seminar will not be recorded or live streamed, only in-person attendance is available

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2024 will go down in history as a super election year. Never have so many people had the opportunity to make their democratic voices heard as this year. At the same time, we are in the midst of what’s known as a period of  ‘democratic backsliding’ with more and more countries turning towards an autocratic system of governance. What can aid do to improve the chances of increased democratisation, and what conditions are required for citizens in semi-autocratic countries to regain political power?

The Expert Group for Aid Studies, EBA, has published three Development Dissertation Briefs (DDBs) based on doctoral theses recently published at Swedish universities on this theme. They examine questions such as: How does aid affect democratisation processes and citizens’ attitudes? What role do social networks play in political participation in semi-autocratic contexts? And which institutional and societal factors influence the relationship between women’s descriptive and substantive representation in politics?

Welcome to a seminar where Adea Gafuri, Elizaveta Kopacheva, and Valeriya Mechkova will present and discuss their research together with Anna Sundström, Secretary General for the Olof Palme International Center



  • Adea Gafuri, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Aid by Democratic Versus Autocratic Donors: Democratization Processes and Citizens’ Perceptions in Recipient Countries
  • Elizaveta Kopacheva, Department of Political Science, Linneaus University, Challenges to Protest Participation in Non-Democratic Contexts: A Privilege of the Privileged
  • Valeriya Mechkova, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, When Does Women’s Political Representation Lead to Policy Change?

Discussant: Anna Sundström, Secretary General for the Olof Palme International Center.

Moderator: Malin Oud, Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm office and member of the Expert Group for Aid Studies.

Panel discussion with the authors and Anna Sundström, followed by Q&As

The seminar will be in English

The seminar will not be recorded or live streamed. Please register to secure a spot at this live event!