The State of Democracy: The Origins of the Current Crisis

© Tony Rinaldo

Vortrag aus der Reihe "U.S. Elections 2020" mit Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA & American Academy in Berlin

There is little question America currently finds itself facing a festering democratic crisis. But this crisis runs deeper than Donald Trump. Its historical roots run back to the middle of the twentieth century.  In this presentation, Daniel Ziblatt first identifies the core indicators of America’s current democratic malaise – the attack on rules, norms, and the growing dysfunction of its famous system of checks and balances.  He then locates the roots of the crisis in the radicalization of the Republican Party as illiberalism was grafted onto a traditional center-right political party beginning in the 1950s in reaction to the early stirrings of America’s twentieth century democratization.  Like in other cases of democratic transition around the world, the counter-reaction to the democratization of the U.S. South, if not contained, might subvert the stability of democracy itself.
Daniel Ziblatt is a professor of government at Harvard University and resident faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. His research and teaching interests include democratization, state building, comparative politics, and historical political economy, with a particular interest in European political development. His books include the New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die (2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky, and Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (2017), which won numerous prizes.  

Eintritt frei
Veranstaltungssprache: Englisch
Mit: American Academy in Berlin, Colloquium politicum, Landeszentrale für politische Bildung

Hörsaal 1199, KG I der Universität
Mo, 04.Nov.2019 um 20:15