S2E5: What keeps democ­ra­cies alive?

Over the series, our focus has often been on the seri­ous chal­lenges that democ­ra­cies face all over the world today. We have also high­light­ed how they can and are degen­er­at­ing and mor­ph­ing into author­i­tar­i­an­ism. But this episode flips the per­spec­tive to under­stand how we can fos­ter and nur­ture demo­c­ra­t­ic spaces and prac­tices in our soci­eties. Pro­fes­sor Till Van Rah­den (Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal) dis­cuss­es why we should move beyond an insti­tu­tion­al view of democ­ra­cy as a sys­tem of gov­ern­ment. We explore with him how democ­ra­cy is a frag­ile way of life that needs con­stant care and how it can be protected.


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.