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Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarisation

Thursday 7 November 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Carothers, Democracies Divided

The erosion of democratic norms

As one part of the global democratic recession, severe political polarisation is increasingly afflicting old and new democracies alike, producing the erosion of democratic norms and rising societal anger. In Democracies Divided, Thomas Carothers (Carnegie Endowment for Peace) presents a comparative analysis of this troubling global phenomenon, with case studies by a diverse group of country and regional experts, each with deep local knowledge and experience. These studies cover countries as wide-ranging and important as Brazil, India, Kenya, Poland, Turkey, and the United States.

Causes, consequences, and possible remedies

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and Leiden University’s Centre for the Study of Political Parties and Representation (CSPPR) cordially invite you to an exchange of ideas about the causes, consequences, and possible remedies for extreme political polarisation.

On 7 November 2019, from 16:00, in Leiden University’s Wijnhaven building, Thomas Carothers will be joining democracy experts, as he unveils the findings from his important study. There will also be ample opportunity for questions and debate.


Registration required

This is a free event, but places are limited. Therefore, registration beforehand is required.

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Programme and speakers

  • 16:00 - Arrival and light refreshments
  • 16:30 - Introduction by Thijs Berman, NIMD
  • 16:35 - Book presentation by Thomas Carothers
  • 17:00 - Reflections by Ingrid Van Biezen, Professor of Comparative Politics (Leiden University)
  • 17:10 - Reflections by Caroline Gaita, Mzalendo Trust (a non-partisan organisation with the mission to ‘keep an eye’ on the Kenyan parliament)
  • 17:20 - Debate and questions to speakers
  • 17:45 - Complementary drinks reception and book sale
  • 18:30 - Event closing

Moderator: Violet Beneker, knowledge advisor at NIMD.

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