December 15, 2016
Should We Be Concerned About The Health Of Liberal Democracies? Why One Political Scientist Says “Yes”
Yascha Mounk, a political scientist and lecturer at Harvard University, is concerned about the world’s liberal democracies. Mounk says he sees three things happening that are contributing to the phenomenon: people aren’t as attached to democratic institutions, they are more open to alternative forms of government, and we no longer have democratic norms on which everyone in the political system agrees (one example: political adversaries are now being painted as political enemies). Diane caught up with Mounk by phone from Morocco. He told Diane why he sees this unfolding in the U.S. and in many European countries – and how his upbringing as a Jew in Germany has informed his research.