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15th Annual Symi Symposium

14-18 July, 2014
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The 2014 Symi Symposium "Re-imagining Democracy" will take place from July 14-18 on the island of Spetses.

This year, we gather to exchange views on how to address the crisis of representative democracy leading to citizens disengagement from political institutions and to a significant rise of populism. From austerity-weary Europe to the hyper-partisan United States to an Arab spring-turned-winter, citizens feel disempowered and unrepresented in the political process. Such sentiments have fueled widespread societal angst and, in some cases, extremism.
Increasingly, our national democracies are proving ineffective at solving cross border challenges. At the same time, the absence of balanced and effective global governance structures and regulations has exacerbated many of our common challenges, such as climate change, financial regulation and tax evasion.

7th Annual Symi Symposium

13 - 18 July 2004

"Reinventing and Reinvigorating Democracy in a World of Globalisation and Information Technology"

Spetses Island, Greece

The central theme of the 7th annual Symi Symposium that took place in Spetses, July 13 - 18 2004, was “Reinventing and Reinvigorating Democracy in a World of Globalisation and Information Technology”. Participants discussed issues such as the impact of new media in politics and the challenges that globalisation and information technology present for democratic governance.

3rd Annual Symi Symposium

15 - 23 July 2000

"A Road Map to a Democratic Europe"

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