Democracy in Trouble? Conference

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on September 3, 2018

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, in partnership with Perry World House, Fels Policy Research Initiative, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium, presents the “DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?” SERIES throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.

One-Day Opening Conference

DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?,The Mitchell Center’s 2018-19 Speakers Series, is driven by a growing sense that democratic governance is under siege around the world. New democracies such as Poland and Hungary are reverting to authoritarian practices. Voters throughout the West – and elsewhere – have shown a willingness to jettison democratic institutions and norms to pursue the narrow interests of national, linguistic, or religious groups. Commitment to democracy has waned in particular among young people. The United States and other countries have witnessed demagogic attacks on the media, the courts, and an array of perceived internal enemies. “Democracy in Trouble?” seeks to both examine and counter these trends with wide-ranging discussions that reach our entire campus community and beyond.

Keynote address: Francis Fukuyama (Stanford).
Panelists: Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Jason Brennan (University of Arizona), Hélène Landemore (Yale), Stephen Levitsky (Harvard), Cas Mudde (University of Georgia), and Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin).

Fri. September 14, 10:00 am-5:30 pm at Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk


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