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13 October 2022
16:30 - 18:00


Address: Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601


Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry


Selen A. Ecran
Jordan McSwiney
Peter Balint
John S. Dryzek

Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Violent Extremism

Violent extremism threatens human life and safety. Often overlooked is how violent extremists endanger the public sphere, which is comprised of the practices, institutions and actors that sustain communication about matters of common concern. Violent extremists seek to undermine the public sphere by sowing division, distrust, and fear. How should the public sphere respond to the threats posed by the violent extremism?

The report, Building Democratic Resilience offers a framework for examining and improving the public sphere responses to violent extremism. It develops the concept of ‘democratic resilience’ drawing on the theory of deliberative democracy, and empirical research on countering violent extremism (CVE) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It explains how ‘democratic resilience’ differs from and supplements ‘community resilience’, which is the current resilience framework used by the NSW Government. The report offers key insights for academics, public servants, policy makers and the journalists working to develop strategies for tackling violent extremism.

The research undertaken for this report is conducted by academics from the University of Canberra’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance and UNSW Canberra; and funded by the NSW Government, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Program 2022.

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