Has Democracy Run Its Course?

The notion of applying principles of democracy to governance has been around for centuries, increasingly popular as citizens across the globe discover the value of participatory government and the power that it invests in them. But is democracy working in the 21st century? Stanford historian Jack Rakove shares perspectives on the Founders' views of how the system should work; Columbia University political philosopher Michele Moody-Adams considers how faltering systems might be renewed; and Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk discusses the dangers of splitting democracy into different forms.

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: World

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