It is hard to be an optimist about democracy today. Many believe that democracy is in crisis and that "illiberal" democracies like Hungary or some form of authoritarianism, as exists in Russia or China, is the wave of the future.
Assessing the current state of democracy requires looking beyond our immediate situation and thinking carefully about how democracy has historically developed.
Sheri Berman will provide a brief overview of democracy's backstory in Europe, pulling out some lessons that can help us better understand what is going on in the world today.
Speaker: Sheri Berman. Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
Chair: Sebastián Royo. Professor of Government, Suffolk University; CES Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, Seminar Co-chair, & Local Affiliate, Harvard University.
Sponsors: RCC; Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES); Europe in the World Seminar.