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Is Liberal Democracy Doomed?

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​A Panel Discussion on Democratic Decay with Sheri Berman (Barnard College, Columbia University) and Jan Zielonka (St Antony's College, Oxford University). Berman is the author of Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day (OUP, 2019) and Zielonka is the author of Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat (OUP, 2018).

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​Berman and Zielonka will discuss each other's books and discuss questions including: why is liberal democracy in retreat, and why is democracy having the problems it is today? What are the key factors undergirding the rise of populism? How should we understand illiberalism in Eastern Europe? What role could or should the European Union play in "policing" political developments in Eastern Europe? What is the relative role of immigration and economic factors in driving dissatisfaction?

Event Details

WHEN: May 2, 2019 • 2:30PM 

WHERE: Trabant Theater


This event is sponsored by the University of Delaware European Studies Program.

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