Brief: Issues of Representation and Social Change
On May 27th, 2021, the Oslo Center hosted a webinar to discuss the importance of democratic resilience, the threats encountered, and global cooperation. In this webinar, the now Executive Director of the Oslo Center, Karolina Olofsson, emphasized the relationship between democratic erosion and issues of representation, questioning the effect of poor political representation for youth, women, and ethnical minorities on the democratic backsliding seen across the world in recent years. Furthermore, the question of the role of information and communications technology was brought to the fore: Are political institutions in democracies able to adapt to the significant social changes brought by these technological
advancements, and what does this pose for democratic representation?