Carsten Berg

Carsten Berg

Political Scientist, 2021-2022 Berggruen Fellow

Biography

Carsten Berg is a political scientist working in particular in the field of deliberative and participatory democracy at transnational level. He advises on a regular basis national parliaments, EU institutions and international organizations and has run several successful citizens’ initiatives on democratic reform and the protection of the environment. In 2002-2003, Carsten Berg was actively involved in the Convention on the Future of Europe where he successfully contributed to the incorporation in the EU Treaties of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the world’s first and only instrument of transnational participatory democracy. He has since been engaged in the promotion of transnational democracy as director of the ECI Association. He is co-founder of several organizations such as Democracy International and Democracy R&D. Moreover, he is also very active in the development of new instruments of deliberative democracy and co-designed the world’s first permanent randomly selected Citizens’ Assembly in Eastern Belgium. As Berggruen Fellow he is co-leading the Clearing House on Transnational Citizens’ Participation in the EU in Florence, which will carry out an in-depth evaluation of the transnational randomly selected citizens’ panels organized in the context of the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe. His writings and other works will be based on these assessments and focuses in particular on the conception of a permanent randomly selected Citizens’ Assembly at EU level.