Seminar on Democracy: Democracy Without a Majority?

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Event Date: 2021-10-29

The next edition of the online Seminar on Democracy: Past, Present, and Future will be held on October 28. The event is chaired by Grzegorz Ekiert and Daniel Ziblatt and organized by Center for European Studies, Harvard. The event takes place on-line on Friday, October 29, 1:30-3:00 pm EST. Collegium Civitas – Centre for Studies of Democracy, Civil Society and Political Elites is one of the partners of the event.

This seminar will focus on Michael Koß’s new book, Demokratie Ohne Mehrheit? (“Democracy Without a Majority?”) which received widespread media attention in Germany because of its provocative argument that the era of mass parties – the bulwarks of postwar democracy – may be over. How can democracy survive if its primary carriers are disintegrating? Koß makes the case that the end of the Cold War has precariously returned central European politics to the fractious roots that existed before WWII. The discussion has special relevance as negotiations are underway in the Federal Republic of Germany to create a three-party government coalition – a historic first.

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