"New Challenges to Democracy, Governance, and Peace"

Policy Dialogue Day 2019

22 May 2019

Gothenburg, Sweden


Alt-right members attending Charlottesville "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 2017. (Source: Anthony Crider Flickr)



The theme of the Policy Day 2019 is “New Challenges to Democracy, Governance and Peace”. Several large-scale societal changes affect democracy, governance and peace both at national and local level:

  • expanded access to social media and digital tools is shaking up political communication;
  • rapid changes due to globalization challenge national and local governance;
  • a rise in identity politics, political exclusion and populism threatens democratic progress and good governance;
  • and non-state actors are increasingly involved in various aspects of governance.

These political developments increase polarization and conflictual fault lines within countries. New political realities also reduce the space for international cooperation, including how to respond to crisis and conflict. This policy day will offer fresh insights on these challenges from various angle and provide a platform for practitioners and academics to discuss about new solutions.



Wallenberg Conference Centre
Medicinaregatan 20 A
413 90 GÖTEBORG 





For reservations or further information please contact Natalia Stepanova, Operations & Outreach Manager, V-Dem Institute, at Natalia.stepanova@v-dem.net latest by April, 7th 2019.



V-Dem is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. https://v-dem.net/en/
The QoG Institute conducts and promotes research on the nature, causes, and consequences of the Quality of Government. http://qog.pol.gu.se
GLD aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. http://gld.gu.se
UCDP is the world’s main provider of data on organized violence and the oldest ongoing data collection project for civil war. http://ucdp.uu.se
ViEWS is a rigorous data-based system that provides early warnings for the risk of three types of political violence, using data from UCDP. http://pcr.uu.se/research/views/