Writer & Translator; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
October 3, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Fritz Sager explores the political
implications of policy accumulation in modern democratic states. Existing
research suggests that policy accumulation can lead to more conflictual
politics with repercussions for democratic legitimacy and stability.
to better understand the relationship between policy accumulation and political
conflict, policy is conceptualized as one of the primary tools with which
democratic states manage political conflicts. This presentation will outline the role of policy
perceptions, policy formulation, and policy design and implementation in
democratic conflict management.
Effective policy-centered conflict management
keeps conflict about policy priorities within ‘cultivated bounds’. Ineffective
policy-centered conflict management either suppresses underlying conflicts or
contributes to their escalation. Whether and to which degree democratic states
become more conflictual and democratically unstable depends in large measure on
how successfully their policy infrastructures mediate political conflicts.