Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA)

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Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA)


The ZDA is a joint academic institution of the University of Zurich UZH and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW. As academic reasearch centre we are dealing on an interdisciplinary level with basic research and current scientific issues relating to democracy – here, there and everywhere.

The Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) was established in January 2009 to practice and promote top level scientific research and teaching on democracy in political science, law and political education. The national research programme "Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century" (Website NCCR Democracy) provided an important impulse for the establishment of the ZDA.

The ZDA is a meeting point for qualified researchers, interested bodies and curious citizens from around the world who care for democracy and its development.


Development Plan 2014-2017 (pdf; January 2014)
Development Plan 2010-2013 (pdf; October 2009)
Annual Report 2013 (pdf; March 2014)
Annual Report 2012 (pdf; January 2013)
Annual Report 2011 (pdf; January 2012)
Annual Report 2010 (pdf; January 2011)
Annual Report 2009 (pdf; January 2010)