Rethin­king Revi­si­ted: Con­fe­rence High­lights – Rethin­king Libe­ra­lism, Renewing Democracy

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Finally: Here are the Insights and High­lights of our Inter­na­tio­nal Con­fe­rence „Rethin­king Libe­ra­lism, Renewing Democracy“!

Liberal demo­cracy is under attack: From aut­ho­ri­ta­rian regimes on the outside and from popu­list move­ments and parties at the inside. What is now needed is a pro­found renewal. Read here: Why we need to rethink libe­ra­lism. At our Inter­na­tio­nal Con­fe­rence on Decem­ber 2nd 2021 we dis­cus­sed pre­cisely the ques­tion of how to revive advan­ced liberal demo­cra­cies, we took a closer look at the blind spots of libe­ra­lism and explo­red chal­len­ges and oppor­tu­nities for social cohe­rence in hete­ro­ge­ne­ous socie­ties. Moreo­ver we talked about sys­temic com­pe­ti­tion with auto­ri­ta­rian states and a new global order and dis­cus­sed liberal answers to climate change.

We thank all our guests, spea­kers and par­ti­ci­pants online for the lively dicus­sions at our con­fe­rence! Special thanks to:

Prof. Dr. Larry Diamond, Pro­fes­sor of Socio­logy and Poli­ti­cal Science at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Insti­tu­tion; Amichai Magen, IDC Herz­liya; Goran Bul­di­oski, Open Society Foun­da­ti­ons, Wolf­gang Merkel, Social Science Center Berlin; Ursula Wei­den­feld, Jour­na­list; Sabine Doering, Uni­ver­sity of Tue­bin­gen, Karo­lina Wigura, Robert-Bosch-Fellow; Alan Posener, Jour­na­list; Nicolas Tenzer, Science Po Paris; Julia Hertin, German Advi­sory Council on the Envi­ron­ment; Cor­ne­lia Schu, Expert Council on Inte­gra­tion and Migra­tion; Jacek Kurch­ar­c­zyk, IEP Warzawa; Jan Zielonka, Uni­ver­sity of Oxford; Michael Zürn, Social Science Center Berlin and SCRIPTS

View the pro­gramme of the con­fe­rence here.

The con­fe­rence was spon­so­red by the Friede-Sprin­­ger Foun­da­tion and the ZEIT-Sti­f­­tung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

Con­fe­rence Highlights


Keynote of Prof. Larry Diamond

Prof. Larry Diamond deli­ve­red a keynote with an insight into his aca­de­mic work on the chal­len­ges of demo­cra­cies. He iden­ti­fied key trends, that are deepe­ning demo­cra­tic reces­sion, causes for this deve­lo­p­ment and offered an outlook on how to revive advan­ced liberal democracies.


Panel: The Blind Spots of Liberalism

What went wrong with #libe­ra­lism? Has there been a liberal overstretch in pro­mo­ting liberal #demo­cracy world­wide? And what is for instance the problem with iden­tity poli­tics from the right and left in liberal socie­ties? We dis­cus­sed these ques­ti­ons of blind spots and the future of libe­ra­lism with Sabine Doering, Uni­ver­sity of Tue­bin­gen, Jan Zielonka, Uni­ver­sity of Oxford and Michael Zürn, Social Science Center Berlin and SCRIPTS, mode­ra­ted by Ralf Fücks, Direc­tor of the Center for Liberal Modernity.


Wolfang Merkel on the Resi­li­ence of Democracy

How can demo­cra­cies become more resi­li­ent? Do modern, hete­ro­ge­nous socie­ties need a common nar­ra­tive? And how can we streng­t­hen social inclu­sion and participation?


Social Cohe­rence in Hete­ro­ge­ne­ous Socie­ties – Inter­view with Wolf­gang Merkel

Why is social cohe­rence in hete­ro­ge­ne­ous socie­ties a major chal­lenge of our time? We asked Wolf­gang Merkel, Prof. Berlin Social Science Center, Prof. em. HU-Berlin, at our inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­rence „Rethin­king Libe­ra­lism, Renewing Democracy“.


Sys­temic Com­pe­ti­tion with Aut­ho­ri­ta­rian Regimes – Inter­view with Nicolas Tenzer

Is sys­temic com­pe­ti­tion with aut­ho­ri­ta­rian regimes a threat to liberal demo­cracy? Are aut­ho­ri­ta­rian states taking over in a new global order? Nicolas Tenzer, Guest Prof. at Sci­en­ces Po’s Paris School of Inter­na­tio­nal Affairs, talkes about his stance on the meaning of libe­ra­lism in the current global order as well as its future potentials.




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