Liberal Democracy is at Risk at Home and Abroad

While more than 100 countries have adopted democracy over the last two centuries, it’s already been a decade since political scientist Larry Diamond posited a “democratic recession” sweeping the globe. The revolt of the middle class, the rise of China, and power grabs through military coups are just a few factors that suggest a disturbing trend of democratic deterioration. Countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, once held up as exemplar new democracies, have since restricted social, economic, and political freedoms. Is liberal democracy dying a slow death? How can it be revived?

Festival: 2018

Watch and Listen: World

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