Democracy in Question | Martin Krygier on Anti-Constitutional Populism

The latest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector Shalini Randeria, features Martin Krygier, professor of law and social theory at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Since 2011, he has been the co-director of the law faculty's Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and also served as co-director of its European Law Center and the Australia Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Martin has been awarded the Cavalier's Cross, Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He's had a long association with CEU where he's also Senior Research Fellow at the Democracy Institute in Budapest.

Krygier works at the intersection of legal theory, philosophy, sociology and politics, examining questions of the rule of law and democracy. His books include "Philip Selznick: Ideals in the World," "Civil Passions," and "Between Fear and Hope, Hybrid Thoughts on Public Values," as well as co-edited volumes, "Rethinking the Rule of Law After Communism," and most recently "Anti-Constitutional Populism."

In this episode, "Martin Krygier on Anti-Constitutional Populism" published May 3, Randeria and her guest explore how populists effectively use constitutions to undermine and abolish constitutionalism. What legalistic tactics are often hiding behind culturalist arguments to subvert the rule of law? And how can law be better used in the service of liberal democracy?

For each episode of Democracy in Question, Randeria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer and subscribe here.

Series six of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where Randeria is a Senior Fellow. ACHD and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna co-produced seasons one and two of the podcast.