Is It Time to Reinvent Democracy Again?

As Self-Government Advances Globally, Our Culture of Citizenship Is Retreating Locally

From a historical and global perspective, democracy is more of a force than it ever has been. But when you examine country by country, and government by government, there’s ample reason for concern that democracy—and the culture of democratic citizenship—is eroding, if not reversing.

That consensus emerged from a Zócalo/KCRW Berlin panel discussion, held in partnership with the Villa Aurora/Thomas Mann House and the Daniel K. Inouye Institute. The conversation took place before a packed house at the CIEE Global Institute in Berlin, a city that less than a century ago …