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Today, liberal democracies are under unprecedented strain from within and without. In each episode, renowned social anthropologist Shalini Randeria invites a leading scholar to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. They investigate what needs to be done to ensure the future well-being of our democratic institutions and practices.

Democracy in Question‪?‬ Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

    • Government
    • 4.5 • 10 Ratings

Today, liberal democracies are under unprecedented strain from within and without. In each episode, renowned social anthropologist Shalini Randeria invites a leading scholar to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. They investigate what needs to be done to ensure the future well-being of our democratic institutions and practices.

    Michael Woldemariam on Challenges Facing African Democracy (Part 1)

    Michael Woldemariam on Challenges Facing African Democracy (Part 1)

    This episode explores political and military conflicts in Ethiopia and more broadly, in the Horn of Africa. Why has Ethiopia’s process of democratization eroded in recent years? And what is the wider impact of such democratic backsliding on African regional politics? Listen to hear how shifting global geopolitical balances are shaping the opportunity structures of democratization in Africa today.

    • 40 min
    Vivek Maru on Legal Empowerment for Communities

    Vivek Maru on Legal Empowerment for Communities

    This episode explores environmental justice and the democratization of law. What does it take to turn the law into something that ordinary people can use to protect themselves? And how can putting the power of the law into the hands of the people support progressive emancipatory politics? Listen to hear how investment in community leadership is key to an environmentally just transition.

    • 47 min
    Oleksandra Matviichuk on Human Rights and Ukraine

    Oleksandra Matviichuk on Human Rights and Ukraine

    This episode explores human rights in relation to Russia’s full-scale aggression on Ukraine. How do accountability gaps play a role in restorative justice? And what are effective approaches for documenting losses and war crimes so they can be brought to court? Listen for an analysis of the current war in Ukraine and the prospects for addressing human rights violations.

    • 47 min
    Dilip Gaonkar on the "Degenerations of Democracy"

    Dilip Gaonkar on the "Degenerations of Democracy"

    This episode explores contemporary fears about the decline of democracy. Is the current downward spiral actually part of a rhythmic oscillation of democracy? And given its centrality to modern political life, can democracy really be eradicated? Listen to hear about how the changing forms of the democratic project must be understood with reference to historical dynamics and logics of capitalism.

    • 47 min
    Yanis Varoufakis on "Technofeudalism"

    Yanis Varoufakis on "Technofeudalism"

    This episode explores the concept of technofeudalism and the role of digital platforms in governing the lives of individuals. How has the cloud created a feedback loop that removes agency from those who produce data? And what are the effects of technofeudalism on democratic politics? Listen to consider what democratic societies must do to shift control of the algorithms toward the interests of the many.

    • 42 min
    Nancy Fraser on "Cannibal Capitalism"

    Nancy Fraser on "Cannibal Capitalism"

    This episode explores the pitfalls of understanding capitalism as a merely economic system. How does this narrow conventional view obscure distinct sources of non-economic wealth? And what is revealed by examining capitalism instead as a social order including aspects of expropriation, domestic labor and depletion of nature? Finally, why must progressive social movements recognize the common roots of structural problems against which they struggle?

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Gary E from DC ,

An excellent podcast for these difficult times

Erudite conversations with some of the leading thinkers of our day. Ms Randeria hosts this podcast through thoughtfully-posed questions and her unique voice and perspective. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to know more about the challenges that global democracy currently faces.

Mademoiselle Gibbs ,

Convergence of academia and the real world!

I enjoy the unique convergence of academia and real world that this podcast bring.

Alex WhiWhi ,

Brilliant!

Very excited about this new series. It could be hard to confront these topics on top of the daily news cycle, but this is a highly engaging and constructive conversation about the dangers democracies face.

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