democracy

Tobias Bernet

PhD candidate in History, Free University of Berlin
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Demokracja nieufnych. Eseje polityczne

W powieściowym Mieście białych kart Jose Saramago wyborcy wypowiadają systemowi lojalność. W rzeczywistej Bułgarii ulica obala rząd, we Włoszech to samo robią rynki finansowe, w Rosji zaczyna się ferment. Największe tajemnice amerykańskiej dyplomacji wyciekają i stają się własnością publiczną. Rewolucja technologiczna w komunikacji daje ludziom zupełnie nowe możliwości – protestu, prześwietlania władzy i organizowania się …
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Der lange Schatten des Totalitarismus

Die demokratischen Rückschritte in zahlreichen osteuropäischen Ländern sind eine Folge der nicht aufgearbeiteten faschistischen und stalinistischen Vergangenheit, sagt die Historikerin Marci Shore (derzeit IWM Visiting Fellow) im „Presse“-Gespräch.
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Real Problems – and How to Respond to Them

Populism is not just some form of political pathology. It also points at real problems, both in how democracy is justified as an ideal and in how actually existing democracies conduct themselves. For instance: what legitimately constitutes the boundaries of the “people”? The last lecture tried to make some headway in addressing these problems. The series as a whole finished with some thoughts on how best to respond to populists politically, culturally, and, sometimes, legally, and also ask whether it is possible to distinguish populists on the one hand from demagogues and democratic activists on the other.
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Intrusions of the People: Ideals of Popular Sovereignty in History

This lecture examined how Europeans in particular have imagined people-making: what constitutes a people, how a people can act in history, and what it takes to preserve regimes that claim to instantiate popular rule. A long story of how continental Europeans became disenchanted with ideals of popular sovereignty will emerge – a development which in many ways has left Europe’s democracies more vulnerable to populist attacks.
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The Lost Decade

The new book by Vladislav Inozemtsev, School’s expert and well-known economist and political writer is now out, published by Moscow School. The book consists of the articles published along 2002 – 2011. The main point of the book is that the country and the world achieved nothing in the first decade of the XXI century. …
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Democracy versus Modernization. A Dilemma for Russia and for the World

This book seeks to “re-think democracy.” Over the past years, there has been a tendency in the global policy community and, even more widely, in the world’s media, to focus on democracy as the “gold standard” by which all things political are measured. This book re-examines democracy in Russia and in the world more generally, …
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“Das Misstrauen gegenüber der Demokratie wächst”

“Der demokratischen Elite gelingt es nicht mehr, Antworten auf die drängenden Probleme unserer Zeit zu finden”, diagnostiziert Ivan Krastev im Interview mit der französisch-sprachigen Zeitschrift Hebdo. (Foto: fritz zühlke /pixelio.de)
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