Reviving Global Democracy: beyond the ‘Western Model’?

  • Date: 11 November 2015
  • Time: 18:30-20:00
  • Venue: New Academic Building, Room 2.06, LSE
  • Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
  • Speakers: Professor Richard Youngs, Professor Mukulika Banerjee, Professor Senem Aydin-Duzgit

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion and launch of Richard Youngs new book The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy (Carnegie Europe). Calls for different models of democracy are becoming more widespread. Many politicians, diplomats and writers today argue in favour of non-Western models of democracy. Yet it remains unclear what such models look like. The debate over democratic variation needs to be taken more seriously, even if the concept of non-Western democracy is problematic. The international community can and should be doing more to foster democratic variation that is tailored to the specific conditions of different countries and regions. This book maps out the potential for such democratic variation.

Richard Youngs (@YoungsRichard ) is a Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy. Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. His latest books include The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis (Carnegie, 2014); Europe in the new Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Climate Change and European Security (Routledge, 2014).

Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is the Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author of Why India Votes? (ed), Muslim Portraits: Everyday lives in India, The Sari and The Pathan Unarmed.

Senem Aydın-Düzgit (@SenemAydnDzgit) is an Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, discourse studies, politics of identity and democratization. She is also a board member of EDAM and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Istanbul Policy Centre at Sabancı University.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance, Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and CEO of the DFID funded Justice and Security Research Programme.

This event was free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

A podcast of the event is available here: Reviving Global Democracy

For any queries contact us at r.fitzharris@lse.ac.uk or 0207 106 1299.

Map and directions to the LSE are available here.