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Can Public Bureaucracy Survive Populism?

Bureaucracy Under Populist Rule? – Rubina Zern-Breuer, Michael Bauer & Joe Mathews in a Fishbowl Discussion. | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Courtesy of Thomas Mann House.

A Zócalo/Thomas Mann House Los Angeles/School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute/Democracy International Event
Moderated by Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations

The German sociologist Max Weber once described the regularity of public administration as protection against arbitrariness, since everyone has to play by the same rational rules. But does this definition still hold up today, with rising populism on both sides of the Atlantic targeting public administration? What is the role of bureaucracy when the legitimacy of electoral processes is constantly contested? How can public administration in democracies become more resilient under renewed pressures from political interests and misinformation?

2022 Thomas Mann fellow and historian Rubina Zern-Breuer, European University Institute School of Transnational Governance chair of public administration Michael W. Bauer, and Zócalo democracy editor Joe Mathews explore how public administrations might protect democracies and restore trust in democratic institutions.

Limited seats are available to Zócalo audiences. Register to join us at the Thomas Mann House.

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