Society and Politics

Politics is the attempt of shaping public life. It provides us with a legal framework within which our private lives take place. Also, it depends on citizens who trust politicians. In the world of today, this trust is fundamentally shaken. As a matter of consequence, we observe political apathy and the emergence of new political parties. The political outlook of a society, however, is not determined by political parties only. For we face the question of to which degree we do justice to our role as members of a political community. Citizenship is not only about having rights. Democracies tend to be more stable when its citizens form a political culture of participation and do not leave it to politicians and the state to shape the public space. How do we reinforce such a political culture?