Yascha Mounk

Brian Klaas and Yascha Mounk

The Future of Democracy

FoI at Waterstones/
Mon 22 October 2018

Brian Klaas and Yascha Mounk

The Future of Democracy

Yascha Mounk
Mon 22 October 2018,

Are we seeing the end of democracy? What do we do about it? The world is in turmoil. From Russia, Turkey and Egypt to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world is steadily becoming less democratic. As a result, liberal democracy itself may now be at risk. Brian Klaas (author of The Despot’s Apprentice and co-author of How to Rig an Election) joins Yascha Mounk (The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It; pictured) to discuss the state of liberal democracy. They debate declining trust in politics and whether citizens are falling out of love with their political system, and how complicit the West is in this. They examine the impact of stagnating living standards and the role of social media, and explore how to develop new solutions for protecting democracy from populists as well as authoritarian subversion.

Due to illness, Yascha Mounk is no longer able to attend this event.

This event is run in collaboration with the Global Parliament of Mayors annual Summit 2018, taking place in Bristol 21-23 October 2018. The Summit aims to bring up to 100 global mayors together to agree new ways of partnering and collectively influencing international processes on issues like urban security and migration. This series of events looks at issues of democracy, populism, social mobility, refugees, immigration, and identity. For further information on the Global Parliament of Mayors, see https://globalparliamentofmayors.org

Image credit: Steffen Jänicke

 

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