S04E10: Thoughts on the Past, Pres­ence and Future of Diverse Democracies

What are the main threats to diverse soci­eties and why is the time­ly recog­ni­tion of these threats more impor­tant in lib­er­al democ­ra­cies? Can we or should we over­come the frame­work of method­olog­i­cal nation­al­ism when we talk about the future of diverse democ­ra­cies? Is the nation-state still the opti­mal scale for polit­i­cal action? How can diverse soci­eties coex­ist with demo­c­ra­t­ic insti­tu­tions and gov­er­nance struc­tures on both the sub­na­tion­al and the super­na­tion­al scales? How can the metaphor of the pub­lic park apply to diverse democ­ra­cies of today?

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Yascha Mounk,  senior fel­low at the Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions and also pro­fes­sor of the prac­tice of inter­na­tion­al affairs at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty. As a pub­lic intel­lec­tu­al, he is wide­ly known for his work on the cri­sis of democ­ra­cy and the defense of lib­er­al­ism. He is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to The Atlantic, The New York Times, and For­eign Affairs. Yascha is also the author of 4 books, the auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal­ly inspired Stranger in My Own Coun­try, The Age of Respon­si­bil­i­ty – Luck, Choice, and the Wel­fare State, The Peo­ple ver­sus Democ­ra­cy – Why Our Free­dom Is in Dan­ger and How to Save It, and most recent­ly, The Great Exper­i­ment – Why Diverse Democ­ra­cies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure, pub­lished ear­li­er this year.


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.