Ewa Atanassow

Junior Professor of Political Thought, Bard College Berlin

Józef Tischner Visiting Fellow
(February – July 2019)


Liberal Dilemmas:
Tocqueville on Sovereignty, Nationhood and Globalization

How can liberal democracies withstand the challenges of nationalism and globalization? Engaging with critiques of liberalism from both the left and the right, this book argues that global democracy’s liberal prospects depend on the way political thinkers and actors tackle three hard-wired dilemmas concerning the institutionalization of popular sovereignty, the meaning of nationhood, and the possibility of global governance. As these are significant, if neglected, dimensions of Alexis de Tocqueville’s thought, his writings provide a powerful framework to help understand and address the crisis of liberal democracy in the twenty first century.