Aug 4: Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt with Larry Diamond

Event Details

August 4

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The threat of authoritarianism: Harvard’s Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt discuss how democracies can die; with Stanford’s Larry Diamond

About This Event

How Democracies Die

In 2018, Levitsky & Ziblatt published How Democracies Die . The book examines the conditions that can lead democracies to break down from within, rather than due to external events such as military coups or foreign invasions. How Democracies Die received widespread praise and was a New York Times best seller and was listed as a non-fiction bestseller in the German weekly Der Spiegel. The book was recognized as one of the best nonfiction books of 2018 by The Washington Post, Time, and Foreign Affairs.

Steven Levitsky

Steven Levitsky is a Professor of Government at Harvard University. Levitsky’s research focuses on the developing world. He is the author of Competitive Authoritarianism, co-author of How Democracies Die, and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Levitsky has written for Vox and The New York Times, among other publications. A comparative political scientist, his research interests focus on Latin America and include political parties and party systems, authoritarianism and democratization, and weak and informal institutions. He is notable for his work on competitive authoritarian regimes and informal political institutions. At Harvard, Levitsky also serves on the Executive Committees of both the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Daniel Ziblatt

Daniel Ziblatt is a Professor of Government at Harvard University and director of the “Transformation of Democracy” group at Berlin’s Social Science Center (Germany). He is co-author of How Democracies Die (2018), Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (2017), and Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy, Germany, and the Puzzle of Federalism (2006).

Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond is an American political sociologist and leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies. Diamond is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, which is Stanford University’s main center for research on international issues.

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