CEU Democracy Institute Hosts Democracy in America: Reflections on the 2020 Elections

November 9, 2020

On Monday, November 16 at 6pm, the recently established Democracy Institute at Central European University (CEU) will host its first event, Democracy in America: Reflections on the 2020 Elections, to discuss the broader implications of the US elections.

Rector of CEU, Michael Ignatieff, together with speakers, Stephen Holmes (New York University), David Runciman (Cambridge University) and Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University) will focus on how the outcomes might affect the evolution of democracy in the USA and worldwide.

Every election is a historic event one way or another, but the 2020 U.S. elections have been unique. While the result is usually clear on the night of the election, this year has been markedly different. With millions of Americans opting to vote by mail as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and a concomitant delay in counting all votes, the race for the White House between Donald Trump and Joe Biden remained unresolved for four days. Yet after Joe Biden reached over the required 270 Electoral College votes and was declared the winner, Donald Trump refused to concede, tweeted about alleged fraud, and demanded the vote be subject to court review.

Will democracy ever be the same?

Please note that this is an online event. Registration is open at https://ceu_di.eventbrite.com

Created by CEU, the Democracy Institute aims to serve as a world-class hub for international, interdisciplinary research, teaching and public and civic engagement dedicated to the study of democracy. The goal of the Institute is to enrich CEU's intellectual mission and reaffirm its presence in Budapest.

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