What makes 21st century democracy tick? Law and the legitimacy of institutions continue to form the cornerstones of regulation and conflict conciliation, but distinctions between the public and private sectors and between the national and international realms have become diffuse. Citizens are asking who is making the rules and who is governing their country. ‘Crisis of legitimacy’ is a term that is being heard more and more. These complex issues form the focus of the research carried out by our legal experts, political scientists, public administration specialists and historians.