Revitalized democracy for resilient societies

Within the REDRESS project, we investigate how hybrid democratic innovations, which are combinations of deliberation and voting, can strengthen 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 (SCP).

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

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Hybrid Democratic Innovations

How can ‘hybrid democratic innovations’, which combine forms of deliberation (such as citizens’ assemblies) and voting (such as corrective referendums), strengthen representative democracy? That is the core question of the ‘Revitalized Democracy for Resilient Societies’ (REDRESS) project, for which partners and the NWO have made a total of €2 million available in the context of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) for the period from June 2021 – June 2026.

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Our research

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in combination with …

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… forms of voting

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Strengthening representative democracy

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Mixed methods research

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Latest news

How to study democracy?

24 January 2022|

Jean-Paul Gagnon, a democratic theorist, suggests to study variants and innovations of democracy from a quasi-biological perspective. Nice idea, but you have to do it right, as REDRESS researcher Frank Hendriks argues in his contribution to the ongoing debate on The Loop. Read the full article here. Other articles on

Rutte and co, take a look at Ireland if you want to improve citizen participation

17 January 2022|

How can you the new Dutch government improve citizens' participation in policy making? In a recent op-ed piece in the Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant, REDRESS-researchers Frank Hendriks, Charlotte Wagenaar, Take Sipma and Ank Michels advise to learn from experiences elsewhere, such as recent hybrid participation processes in Ireland.

Six lessons on organizing citizens’ assemblies

11 January 2022|

Many citizens want more control over their immediate living environment. And governments are looking for ways to involve citizens more directly in policy decisions. One of those ways is a citizens' assembly. The call for frequent use of such assemblies is increasing. But what is a citizens' assembly and

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