S2E2: Does Lib­er­al­ism Need Rein­ven­tion in the 21st Century?

The decline and even death of lib­er­al­ism has been pre­dict­ed often. Today it faces chal­lenges not only from pop­ulism in Europe and the US but also from Chi­na offer­ing an illib­er­al alter­na­tive that may prove attrac­tive to lead­ers in the glob­al South. In this episode, Pro­fes­sor Tim­o­thy Gar­ton Ash (Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford) joins us to ana­lyze the future of lib­er­al­ism. We dis­cuss what lib­er­al­ism can learn from its mis­takes to emerge stronger.

For fur­ther reflec­tions on this episode and the ambiva­lent role of the EU in soft author­i­tar­i­an trans­for­ma­tion read Jens Adam’s blog Soft Author­i­tar­i­an­ism and the Ambiva­lences of Euro­peani­sa­tion: What Role Could the EU Play?


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.