(ONLINE) De-Democratization in Asia

We would like to cordially invite you to a seminar on “De-democratization in Asia”, which is the third one within our discussion series “Moving Beyond De-Democratization toward Democratic Resilience”. Professor Jürgen Rüland from the University of Freiburg will deliver his remarks on the domestic situation in Southeast Asia, and he will also discuss the repercussions of the democratic backsliding on international politics, regionalism and multilateralism. Dr. Alica Kizekova from the Asia-Pacific Unit at the IIR will chair the discussion.

11. 10. 2022 (15:00)

Jazyk: English online on ZOOM


Throughout 2022, we are holding a series of discussions "Moving Beyond De-Democratization toward Democratic Resilience", inviting scholars and leading experts who investigate this phenomenon and seek answers globally and regionally.

In the last few years, our knowledge of the phenomenon of de-democratization has expanded. Several countries in different regions have experienced and are still experiencing a process called ‘executive degradation’, whereby democratically elected governments transgress their democratic limits and breach the separation of powers in favour of a powerful executive. A considerable amount of research has been conducted on the causes and conditions that lead such processes since 2015 when the Journal of Democracy took “the temperature of democracy” around the world and gave an alarm on the global trend of democratic recession. The Democracy Reports of the V-Dem Institute have underlined a pattern that recession follows in each country. What makes some democracies more resilient compared to others against such new and subtle challenges? How democratic politics can become more legitimate? What the pro-democracy actors can do to reverse this process at global, national and local levels? The aim of the series of public debates will reflect on such issues and questions.

The seminar will take place on Zoom, where participants may actively join the debate. The seminar will be recorded and will be live-streamed on our Facebook page. To participate, please register below. 


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