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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

Democracy from below: What real utopias can we build on?

Citizens have a crucial role to play in political life and can have tremendous power, as they come together in... more

25 Feb 2021 · 26 minutes
Can liberal democracy outlive climate change?

Prior to the Covid 19 pandemic, the issue on everyone’s minds was climate change. Scientists have been raising the alarm... more

11 Feb 2021 · 28 minutes
How do economic inequalities corrode democratic processes?

Capitalism has come under attack in recent years, notably because of growing economic inequalities not only between the global North... more

28 Jan 2021 · 28 minutes
How does austerity politics weaken democracy?

Since the introduction of neoliberal policies under Thatcher and Reagan many countries worldwide have implemented austerity politics that dismantled social... more

14 Jan 2021 · 25 minutes
What will remain of Trumpism going forward?

Joe Biden was declared the next president of the United States over a month ago now, but Donald Trump has... more

18 Dec 2020 · 29 minutes
‘Soft authoritarianism’, a new face of electoral democracy?

A new kind of elected leader has emerged across the globe: one who rules with a large parliamentary majority and... more

03 Dec 2020 · 25 minutes
Can liberal democracy right the wrongs of racial and gender injustices?

We have recently seen millions of people taking to the streets to protest social, political and environmental injustices. Even a... more

19 Nov 2020 · 23 minutes
Undermining democracy by democratic means: how can we stop it?

As the results of the 2020 US election are trickling in, we are taking a look at how laws -... more

04 Nov 2020 · 26 minutes
Can and should Western style democracy be exported far and wide?

The world is more formally democratic than ever before, if measured by the number of countries that have a representative... more

22 Oct 2020 · 25 minutes
American democracy: a Trumpian blip or a deeper malaise?

America is split into apparently irreconcilable political tribes and led by a highly divisive President who is upending democratic norms.... more

08 Oct 2020 · 25 minutes
Democracy in Question?
Democracy from below: What real utopias can we build on?
Democracy in Question?