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International Management Intensive Speaker
July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Is Democracy in Decline?
During the period of the “third wave” of global democratization, which began in 1975, democracy has expanded to become the dominant form of government in the world. By the turn of this century, roughly three in every five states were democratic, and there was a critical mass of democracies in every region of the world except the Middle East. However, since 2006, the world has been in a mild democratic recession. Democracy has ceased its expansion, the rate of democratic breakdowns has accelerated, freedom has been receding, and increasingly, it seems to be the autocracies of the world, not the democracies, that exhibit energy, self-confidence, and a will to expand their ranks. This is leading a growing number of analysts and scholars to ask the question, “Is democracy now declining in the world?” This lecture will review the empirical trends of recent years and decades, assess the sources of democratic distress, and suggest strategies for reversing the global recession of democracy.
This event fulfills the International Management Intensive requirement.
About the Speaker
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and he continues to lead its programs on Arab Reform and Democracy and Democracy in Taiwan. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His sixth and most recent book, In Search of Democracy (Routledge, 2016), explores the challenges confronting democracy and democracy promotion, gathering together three decades of his work on democratic development, particularly in Africa and Asia. He has also edited or co-edited more than 40 books on democratic development around the world.