Revitalized democracy for resilient societies

Within the REDRESS project, we investigate how hybrid democratic innovations, in which combinations are made of consultation and voting, can supplement Dutch representative democracy.

  • The core of the REDRESS consortium consists of four different universities (Tilburg University, Utrecht University, Radboud University, University of Twente) and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research.

  • Within the consortium we work together with scientific and social partners in the field of democratic innovation.

Hybrid Democratic Innovations

How can ‘hybrid democratic innovations’, which combine forms of consultation (eg citizen forums) and voting (eg corrective referendums), strengthen representative democracy? That is the core question of the ‘Revitalized Democracy for Resilient Societies’ (REDRESS) project, for which partners and NWO have made a total of €2 million available in the context of the National Science Agenda for the period June 2021 – June 2026.

Our research

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in combination with …

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… voting

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Strengthening representative democracy

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Mixed methods research

Our partners

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Universiteit Utrecht
Rathenau Instituut
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Tilburg University
University of Twente

Latest news

Consortium meeting on research progress and digital tools

13 December 2023|

On Friday, December 8, the biennial REDRESS consortium meeting took place. This time, we had the pleasure of hosting our societal partners at the USBO building of our partner university in Utrecht. After a welcoming address and general updates on the project's progress, Take Sipma discussed ongoing research and

Publication on deliberative additions to referendums

4 December 2023|

A literature review by Irene Witting in collaboration with Charlotte Wagenaar and Frank Hendriks has been published in the International Political Science Review. The study explores existing literature on the purposeful addition of elements of citizen deliberation to referendum processes. The literature describes both expected effects and empirically observed

Visiting colleagues from Ghent

27 November 2023|

On November 23 and 24, we had the pleasure of welcoming a substantial group of colleagues from Ghent to Tilburg. The research group led by Bram Verschuere focuses on citizen participation and democracy. Through a large-scale survey involving citizens, politicians, civil servants, and civil society, they examined the level

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