Democratic Deterioration at Home and Abroad

(or, Is Democracy Failing and, if so, What Can Be Done About It?)

For the past several decades, our working assumption has been that once firmly established, liberal democracy represents the best and final answer to authoritarianism and the surest guarantor of liberty and equality. Today, however, that assumption is being seriously challenged. Where liberal democracy has taken root, we now see it in retreat in attacks on the press, the judiciary, and on voting rights – the essence of democratic organization.

As the United States contends with these challenges, arguably for the first time, what can we learn from other countries that have experienced similar democratic downturns? What were the warning signs and could this deterioration have been stemmed? Are the combination of legal constraints and non-legal norms that undergird our constitutional system enough to keep our democracy on solid footing? What safeguards are currently in place to prevent further deterioration of our democratic values and institutions, and what additional precautions should we consider? In other words, how worried should we be? 

Join New America, The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School for a discussion about the future of democracy at home and abroad. 

Registration and lunch will open at 11:45 am and the program will  begin at 12:15 pm. 
This event has been approved for 1.5 hours of California MCLE credit.

This event will be livestreamed on this page. Follow the conversation online with #DemocraticDeterioration and @acslaw@BrennanCenter, and @PolReformNA 


Sheri Berman
Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University 

Aziz Huq
Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School 

Norman J. Ornstein, @NormOrnstein
Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Resident Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute 

Arturo Valenzuela
Emeritus Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Senior International Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP 


Amanda Taub, @amandataub
Writer, The New York Times