Host: The Graduate Institute and Inter-Parliamentary Union
Location: Maison de la Paix
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Description: This is a time of challenge and opportunity for democracy. Recent years have seen young people, frustrated by authoritarian leaders and lack of opportunities, seek radical change to the political system. Workers who have seen their jobs threatened by globalisation have begun to look to populist alternatives to the political establishment. New political movements have emerged to challenge the way politics is done and have acceded to positions of power in some countries.
To retain relevance and legitimacy, political parties, parliaments and other institutions will need to adapt to changes in society; to renew political processes; to create space in politics for younger generations and to make use of their energy.