Date(s) - 03/27/18
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Yascha Mounk, Lecturer on Government, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America
The future of liberal democracy is in peril, believes Yascha Mounk. With populist movements gaining power and prominence across the world, faith in democratic institutions has fallen to an all-time low, while openness to illiberal forms of government is on the rise. In this climate of disillusionment, liberal democracy’s guiding principle of majority rule with minority rights is increasingly threatened, with dire implications for civil liberties. Why do growing numbers of citizens in America, and across the western world, no longer believe that democratic government can address their concerns or aspirations? Can liberal democracy be saved?
Copies of Yascha Mounk’s new book The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger & How to Save It will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.
Lecturer on Government, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America
Yascha Mounk is a lecturer on government at Harvard University, a senior fellow at New America’s Political Reform Program, and host of The Good Fight podcast. Mounk’s research focus is on political theory, comparative politics, and the crisis of liberal democracy. Next to his scholarly work, Yascha writes about politics in Europe and the United States for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and has appeared on CNN and NPR. He holds a BA and MPhil from Cambridge University, and a PhD from Harvard University.