The Nizami Ganjavi International Centre is participating in the Symi Symposium "Re-imagining Democracy" in the island of Spetses, Greece, AzerTag state news agency reported.
The event brought together Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Stanford, Harvard, Temple Universities, Nobel Prize Winning Mohamed ElBaradei, the vice-president of World Bank, Vice-president of German Marshall Fund of the United States.
This year, the participants will exchange views on how to address the crisis of representative democracy leading to citizens' disengagement from political institutions and to a significant rise of populism. From austerity-weary Europe to the hyper-partisan United States to an Arab spring-turned-winter, citizens feel disempowered and unrepresented in the political process. Such sentiments have fuelled widespread societal angst and, in some cases, extremism.
The 2014 Symi Symposium will examine a number of problems currently affecting democracies around the world: Growing inequality not only in developing but also in developed states, affects citizens, corporations and governments.