Democratic Deterioration at Home and Abroad

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:45am

Democratic Deterioration at Home and Abroad (or, is Democracy Failing and, if so, What Can Be Done About It?)



New America, 740 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005

For the past several decades, our working assumption has been that once firmly established, liberal democracy represents the best and final answer to authoritarianism and the surest guarantor of liberty and equality. Today however, that assumption is being seriously challenged. Where liberal democracy has taken root, we now see it in retreat in attacks on the press, the judiciary, and on voting rights – the essence of democratic organization.

As the United States contends with these challenges, arguably for the first time, what can we learn from other countries that have experienced similar democratic downturns? What were the warning signs and could this deterioration have been stemmed? Are the combination of legal constraints and non-legal norms that undergird our constitutional system enough to keep our democracy on solid footing? What safeguards are currently in place to prevent further deterioration of our democratic values and institutions, and what additional precautions should we consider? In other words, how worried should we be?

Join the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, New America, and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy for a discussion about the future of democracy at home and abroad.


11:45am-12:15pm - check-in and lunch

12:15pm-2:00pm - panel discussion


Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia Univesity

Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School

Norm Ornstein, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic; Resident Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute

Arturo Valenzuela, Emeritus Professor of Government, Georgetown University; Senior International Adviser, Covington & Burling LLP

Amanda Taub, Writer, The New York Times (moderator)