Talk title: Problem Definition in the Digital Democracy
Speaker affiliation: Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Gilardi, Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich.
Talk abstract: How does an issue become a political problem? No issue inherently requires political responses. Instead, political actors construct arguments regarding the nature of a given problem and connect them to particular policy actions. This phenomenon, known as "problem definition," has long been recognized as a fundamental aspect of any policymaking process. PRODIGI breaks new ground in two ways. First, it puts forward original theory and methods to study a longstanding question that has acquired new relevance in digital environments. Second, it applies the new theory and methods to an important societal challenge, namely, how politics responds to digital technology's impact on democracy.
Short bio: Fabrizio Gilardi is Professor of Policy Analysis in the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich, and the co-founder and director of the Digital Democracy Lab. His research interests include policy diffusion, gender and politics, and digital technology and politics.