Laura-Kristine Krause


Laura Krause was heading the programme Future of Democracy at Das Progressive Zentrum until March 2018. Previously, she worked as a Senior Associate at Bernstein Public Policy and was a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum. Laura Krause is Co-Chairwoman of D64 and Fellow of the Transatlantic Digital Debates 2017. She studied Political Science and Public Policy in Passau, Berlin, and Seattle and previously worked on the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and as personal advisor to Martin Schulz during the SPD’s campaign for the European elections.



Discussion Paper Transforming Not Digitizing. Germanys Path to Digital Democracy 2017 | Laura Kristine-Krause
20 December 2017 | Laura-Kristine Krause

Liberal democracies in Europe and beyond are facing challenges, and so does the German democracy. In the debate on how to strengthen and revive democracy, digitalisation of the political sphere is predominantly seen as a threat to democratic discourse and not as an opportunity in Germany.
In this Discussion Paper Laura-Kristine Krause addresses the source of this paradox and offers a concept of digital democracy as a combination of the dimensions information, participation and transformation.
In urging to see digitalisation as a process reaching beyond the digitalisation of former analogue processes, it lays out four paths towards implementing and seising the opportunities of digital democracy in Germany.
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About the author
Laura-Kristine Krause is Head of the Programme “Future of Democracy” at Das Progressive Zentrum, a Berlin-based, independent think tank. Previously, she worked as a public affairs consultant in Berlin, focusing on the digital and financial sector. She is Co-Chair-woman of the grassroots think tank D64 – Center for Digital Progress and fellow of the 2017 Transatlantic Digital Debates. She published on digital policy, party reform, and women in politics.
About the Democracy Lab of Das Progressive Zentrum
The Democracy Lab is the platform for projects on innovating democracy at Das Progressive Zentrum. The Lab hosts, fosters, and connects projects that generate ideas and practical approaches on how to innovate liberal democracy and to enable political actors and institutions. The projects span different disciplines, countries, and regions and are realised in cooperation with a multitude of partner organizations.
The Democracy Lab deals with questions of digital democracy in the context of the project “Democracy 2025 – Democratic innovations for a changing society”, funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as part of the federal programme “Demokratie leben!”