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Democracy in Question?
Democracy in Question?
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

Today, liberal democracies are under unprecedented strain from within and without. In each episode, renowned social anthropologist Shalini Randeria invites a leading... more

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Episodes

Thomas Carothers on Democratic Backsliding in a Comparative Perspective

What are the causes and consequences of democratic decline worldwide over the course of the last two decades? Has democracy... more

18 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
Azadeh Moaveni on the Ongoing Iranian Demonstrations Fueled and Led by Women

The ongoing protests in the past months have rocked Iran to its core. What began as a wave of street... more

21 Dec 2022 · 44 minutes
Ricardo Regatieri on Brazilian Elections: Bolsonarism and Its Aftermath

How has the success of an extreme authoritarian figure like Bolsonaro been enabled by the political field in Brazil? What... more

07 Dec 2022 · 32 minutes
Charles Taylor on Degenerations and Regenerations of Democracy

Why is democracy prone to degeneration, and how does this affect our conventional notions of democracy itself? Do we usually... more

23 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
Craig Calhoun on the Current Crisis of American and Global Democracy and Potential Remedies

U.S. American democracy is exhibiting symptoms of decline or even of degeneration given the continuing denial of the results of... more

09 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Leonard Benardo on Civil Society and the Politics and Practices of Civil Society Organizations

In this episode Shalini and her guest discuss the changing valances of civil society over the last few decades. How... more

26 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
Nadia Urbinati on the Resurgence of Populism, its History, and its Various Forms

Since populism became widespread in parts of Latin America, was it mistakenly seen as foreign to Euro-American liberal democracy, and... more

12 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
Mykola Gnatovskyy on the establishment of a Special Tribunal to Investigate the Crimes of Aggression against Ukraine

How and why did the idea of calling for the establishment of a special tribunal to investigate the crimes of... more

28 Sep 2022 · 37 minutes
Neloufer de Mel on the Current Economic, Social and Political Situation in Sri Lanka

The causes of the current societal, economic, and political crisis in Sri Lanka are complex. The immediate roots of the... more

14 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
The Fragility of US Democracy and the Genuine Threat of Fascism it Faces

The U.S. is in the midst of an ongoing coup, there is a real threat of fascist tendencies in the... more

31 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Democracy in Question?
Thomas Carothers on Democratic Backsliding in a Comparative Perspective
Democracy in Question?