S1E5: ‘Soft Author­i­tar­i­an­ism’, a New Face of Elec­toral Democracy?

A new kind of elect­ed leader has emerged across the globe: one who rules with a large par­lia­men­tary major­i­ty and this with a claim to demo­c­ra­t­ic legit­i­ma­cy, but who uses pow­er to hol­low out democ­ra­cy from the inside. So is such ‘soft author­i­tar­i­an­ism’ that uses the law to under­mine lib­er­al prin­ci­ples a new face of elec­toral democ­ra­cy? Pro­fes­sor John Keane (Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney) helps us dis­sect this per­va­sive pat­tern of new despo­tisms and their strate­gies of rule.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.