Research is the principal activity of the ZDA. Four thematic priorities are touching across the three departments on key areas of political science, legal and educational science research concerning democracy. The goal is to build up an internationally recognized research capacity, whose results are nourishing academic teaching and public events.
The priorities are broken down into topics that include specialized groups of research projects that are supervised by experienced scientists and researchers from the departments involved. There is close cooperation with the national research programme "Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
" (Website NCCR Democracy).
Research on democracy is practised at the ZDA in close contact with researchers from around the world who join our team in Aarau for a short or long period self financed visitors stay.
Research Focus 1: Challenges for Democracy
Research Focus 2: Institutions and Practice of Direct Democracy
Research Focus 3: Democratic Innovation
Research Focus 4: Citizenship Education in Democratic Societies