The newest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector, Shalini Randeria, features Yascha Mounk, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of Practice at Johns Hopkins University; a regular contributor to "The Atlantic," "The New York Times," and "Foreign Affairs." He is also a fellow podcaster and a public intellectual well-known for his work on the crises of democracy and his defense of liberalism.
Yascha is the author of several books, among which I'd like to just mention a couple here, "The People vs. Democracy," with an interesting subtitle, "Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It", and most recently, "The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure". This latter piece, published earlier this year, makes a strong case for embracing diversity despite all the difficulties that this could entail and that is the book which will be the focus of our conversation.
In this episode "Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future of Diverse Democracies" published July 6, Shalini and her guest discuss what the main threats to diverse societies are and why the timely recognition of these threats are more important in liberal democracies. Can we or should we overcome the framework of methodological nationalism when we talk about the future of diverse democracies? Is the nation-state still the optimal scale for political action? How can diverse societies coexist with democratic institutions and governance structures on both the subnational and the supernational scales? How can the metaphor of the public park apply to diverse democracies of today?