Edna Ullmann-Margalit Memorial Lecture - "Are Democracies in Crisis?"

Abstract: Something big is happening. In many Western European countries, partysystems ossified for almost 100 years are crumbling, while in the United States thetraditional center-right party was taken over by extremists. Political polarization isincreasing sharply and so is political hostility. The causes may be economic, cultural, orautonomously political, but causality is difficult to identify. I compare the currentconditions to those of entrenched democracies that fell or survived in the past andattempt to draw lessons from history. The conclusions cannot go beyond speculations,but everything indicates that the current crisis has deep roots in the society and will notbe alleviated by contingent political events.

Adam Przeworski
Elath Hall, 2nd floor, Feldman Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 16:30 to 18:30
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