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SOC-STD 96LD - Challenges to Liberal Democracy: Trump, Europe, and the New Ethno-Nationalism or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesSocial StudiesE. J. Dionne
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Fall 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)W   3:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.William James 350 (FAS)
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Is liberal democracy in crisis? Has it always been in crisis?Until recently, liberal democracy was largely taken for granted in the West, and many saw it as the wave of the future around the globe. But over the last decade, it has come under challenge in unanticipated ways. Far-right parties gained ground in many countries, although recent elections in Europe suggest that they have plateaued and might even be in retreat. Donald Trump?s election brought this conversation directly to American shores. This class will discuss the challenge to liberal democracy, with special reference to the United States, but also in comparative perspective. There will be particular attention to France, Britain, the Netherlands and Germany and also discussion of the similarities and differences between our time and the 1930s. We will discuss the economic, sociological, and cultural challenges to liberal democracy, and the obligations that fall upon those who would defend it.

This course will be lotteried.

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