Can the ‘Great Experiment’ of democratic diversity succeed?


A democracy has never succeeded in being both diverse and equal. Yet, treating members of many different ethnic or religious groups fairly is central to the democratic project, Yascha Mounk tells Council on Foreign Relations’ president Richard Haass (above).

In his new book, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure, Journal of Democracy contributor Mounk examines how diverse societies address the challenges of “domination, fragmentation, or structured anarchy” and suggests that history can offer insights for democratic reform.

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