Democracy – past, present, and future


Democratic institutions and norms and some chronic dilemmas in the practice of democracy come under scrutiny in a seminar series commencing on Thursday, 19 November 2020 which convenes important thinkers – including several contributors to the NED’s Journal of Democracy – to explore what makes democracies work and the challenges they face. The series will also serve as a forum for discussion of work in progress and forthcoming books and papers contributing to debates on democracy.


  • Sheri Berman – Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Wolfgang Merkel – Professor Emeritus, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • Yascha Mounk – Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Pippa Norris – Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics & CES Faculty Associate, Harvard University
  • Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government & CES Director, Harvard University
  • Daniel Ziblatt – Director, “Transformations of Democracy,” Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor at Harvard University

Venue via Zoom. Thursday, 19 November 2020. Start 6:00 pm. Organizers: Daniel Ziblatt (WZB) and Grzegorz Ekiert (Center for European Studies Harvard). Please register here.

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