Thursday, 19 November 2020

The State of Democracy and Future Research

Inaugural Event of the seminar series: Democracy – Past, Present, and Future

Chairs: Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University, and Daniel Ziblatt, WZB

This seminar series explores the past, present, and future of democracy – its institutions and norms – and some chronic dilemmas in the practice of democracy. It convenes important thinkers in Europe and North America to explore what makes democracies work and the challenges they currently face. The series will also serve as a forum for discussion of work in progress and forthcoming books and papers contributing to debates on democracy.


  • Sheri Berman – Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Wolfgang Merkel – Professor Emeritus, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • Yascha Mounk – Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Pippa Norris – Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics & CES Faculty Associate, Harvard University
  • Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government & CES Director, Harvard University
  • Daniel Ziblatt – Director of the Research Unit "Transformations of Democracy", Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), and Professor at Harvard University