In recent years, the rise of populism in the West, China’s growing influence in global governance and Russia’s alleged interference in foreign elections have prompted a deep rethink of how democratic systems work – and how they don’t work.
Increasingly, liberal democracies are accused of failing to address the dislocations of globalization and the role of technology in amplifying tribalism thus polarizing societies and paralyzing governments.
What new ideas, partnerships and frameworks of governance have the potential to renew existing institutions of democracy?
Can social networks and digitization be used to deepen political engagement and empower direct participation without fuelling populism?
And is it possible to reconcile the power of direct participation with the values of deliberation, pluralism and compromise?
Nicolas Berggruen, Chairman and Founder, Berggruen Institute; Co-Author, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism
Nathan Gardels, Editor in Chief, The WorldPost; Co-Author, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism
Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Razia Iqbal, Special Correspondent and Presenter, BBC