Democracy in Hard Places Seminar: How to Think About Democratic Dissatisfaction and Populism in the West


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 200N

Join Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, for a discussion analyzing various explanations for growing dissatisfaction with liberal democracy and rising populism in the West.  The talk will cover some of the main causes put forward by scholars and pundits, assess the evidence for these various causes, and suggest some ways the research agenda and our understandings of these crucial phenomena can move forward. 

Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, will moderate. 

This event is a part of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2018. Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the remarkable breadth of Harvard’s global engagement. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations host academic and cultural events with global or international themes. 

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar Series

This discussion is part of the Ash Center's Democracy in Hard Places Initiative, a program co-directed by Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, and Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations. Democracy in Hard Places aims to foster social science research on democratic experiments—both successful and failed—throughout the developing world to learn how democracy can be built and maintained in a variety of terrains. The initiative's seminar series brings to campus distinguished scholars and practitioners to analyze the conditions, institutions, and behaviors that enable democracy to survive in hard places.