The real problems with democracy and how to solve them.World-renowned political science scholar, known as a master of democracy studies
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Conundrums of Democracy
We live in a world that takes democracy for granted. However, democracy is still surrounded by numerous controversies. In this lecture series, Adam Przeworski asks five questions about democracy, explaining his research and ideas.
Why do losing candidates obey election results? How did Democracy become popular, and how has it evolved? Why can’t democracy live up to the people’s hopes and expectations? Can democracy solve the problem of inequality? What crises is democracy facing today?
Adam Przeworski, who emphasizes the importance of empirical research, answers these questions and clearly points out the realistic limitations of democracy. Przeworski emphatically states that democracy is not a perfect political system, yet says that it is still worth defending. Watch this lecture series to learn the answers to Adam Przeworski’s questions and contemplate democracy after democratization.
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Professor Emeritus in the Department of Politics of New York University Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy Recipient of the Lawrence Longley Article Award (2020), the Juan Linz Prize (2018), the Johan Skytte Prize (2010), and the Gregory M. Luebbert Article Award (1998) Author of Paper Stones (1985), Democracy and the Market (1991), and many more works of international acclaim
Adam Przeworski gained fame for his research on the process of the democratization wave, which swept through the world in the late 1970s. Even more surprising, the master of democracy research had never experienced democracy while growing up.
He was born in Poland during Nazi rule, escaped Communist Poland in the early 1960s, and lived under military dictatorship in Santiago, Chile, around 1970, after which he began to study democracy. Przeworski conceptualizes and explores the conundrums of democracy, such as what kind of influence the business world has on politics and why democracy leads to continued pain and inequality. In 2010, he received the Johan Skytte Prize, also known as the Nobel Prize of political science, and in 2018, he was awarded the Juan Linz Prize by the International Political Science Association. He is the author of Paper Stones, Democracy and the Market, and many more works of international acclaim.
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