National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) «Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century»
NCCR Democracy is an interdisciplinary research program at the University of Zurich sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Both IPMZ and the Institute for Political Science (IPZ) are involved in the NCCR. Its research interests focus on two great challenges facing modern democracy: globalization and the increasing influence of the media on policy (mediatization).
Professor Frank Esser is the current Co-director of NCCR Democracy. Professor Heinz Bonfadelli and Professor Werner Wirth both serve on its board of directors. Most IPMZ professors lead modules or research projects within the NCCR.