Larry Diamond: Is There an Emerging Crisis of Liberal Democracy?


Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

Join Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University for a discussion on whether there is an emerging crisis of liberal democracy. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate. 

By some counts, we are now in the twelfth years of a global recession of freedom and democracy. For most of this period, this political recession has been mild and even debatable as to its net effect on democracy. However, with the failure of democracy in a number of important swing states, such as Thailand and Turkey; the questionable status of democracy in numerous others, such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Kenya; the palpable decline of many third wave democracies, such as the Philippines and South Africa; the shattering corruption scandals that brought down the first elected women presidents of South Korea and Brazil; the erosion of liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe; and the rise of illiberal populism even in long-established Western democracies, it is time to ask whether we are entering a global crisis of liberal democracy, and if so, why?