Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy

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Key aims

Democracy is on the retreat in many parts of the globe. REPRESENT brings together an interdisciplinary network of scholars with an interest in collaborating on innovative research into key areas of challenge for political parties and the study of representative democracy.Our main areas of focus include declining political participation in established political parties, a rise in populism, and the effectiveness of democracy promotion.We work on an interdisciplinary basis, connecting development studies, political science, and area studies, and by bringing together leading experts on the politics of different regions (including Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia).


REPRESENT provides a ‘hub’ for knowledge exchange between academic researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. It aims to increase the accessibility of academic expertise on democratisation to policy-makers and practitioners, to support researchers seeking to produce policy-relevant research on political parties and democratisation, and to act as an ‘incubator’ for new collaborations between these groups.

Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD