How Democracy Survives:
The Crises of the Nation State
A Pardee Center Symposium
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies is pleased to host the upcoming symposium, “How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State.”
In this three-day online symposium, leading scholars and activists from around the world will explore how democratic values and institutions can evolve and adapt to the growing challenges that are now destabilizing democratic nation states, such as climate change, resurgent nationalism, ethnic and religious conflict, human rights abuses, and deepening levels of economic inequality.
Among the questions we will consider:
- How can local leaders from around the world overcome nationalism to address such global problems as climate change and pandemics more effectively?
- How can ethnically and religiously diverse nation states maintain democracy in an age of resurgent racism and religious strife?
- How can democratic governments respond to those aspects of economic globalization that increase economic inequality?
- How can we address the “democratic deficit” in the United Nations and other international organizations founded in the 20th century?
- What are the prospects for the growth of new democratic institutions that transcend the boundaries of the nation state in the 21st century?
The symposium will take place from October 28th-30th, 2020, and is free and open to the public. Please register below.
Wednesday, October 28
9:00 – 10:00 am: INTRODUCTION & FIRST PLENARY ADDRESS
The New Era of Glocalism
Sheila Foster, The Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy, Georgetown University; Advisory Committee, Global Parliament of Mayors
Commentary / Q&A: IM Hong Jae, Vice-President and Secretary-General of the United Nations Global Compact Korea Network from March 2013 to April 2017
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: DEMOCRACY AND NATIONALITY
Nationalism and Democracy
Liah Greenfeld, Boston University
India and Internationalism in the Twentieth Century
Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College
The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy in Europe and North America
Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University
Moderator: Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
1:00 – 3:30 pm: HOW DEMOCRACY SURVIVES
Democracy and the Spectacle of Consent
Richard Samuel Deese, Boston University
Constructive Nationalism Versus Anti-Democratic Globalism
Robert Kuttner, Brandeis University
Climate Change as a Unifying Force
Michael D. Bess, Vanderbilt University
Moderator: Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Thursday, October 29
9:00 – 10:00 am: SECOND PLENARY ADDRESS
People Power & Its Limits
James E. Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics, and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism, The New School for Social Research
Commentary / Q&A: Camila Vergara, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Columbia Law School
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: THE EVOLUTION OF DEMOCRATIC FEDERALISM
World Organization Through Democracy: Clarence Streit’s Federalist Wager for Reordering the World
Tiziana Stella, Streit Council for a Union of Democracies
Is Social Europe Possible Beyond the Nation State?
Philomila Tsoukala, Georgetown University Law School
The Other American Dream: Human Rights and the One World Order
Michael Holm, Boston University
Moderator: Naomi Mezey, Georgetown University Law School
1:00 – 3:00 pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS, in Conjunction with the Stanley Stone Distinguished Lecture Series
The Great Experiment: How to Build Thriving Multiethnic Democracies
Yascha Mounk, Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute & Associate Professor of the Practice, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Commentary / Q&A: Robert Kuttner, Brandeis University
Friday, October 30
9:00 – 10:00 am: FINAL PLENARY ADDRESS
Democracy and the Global Commons
Spencer Weart, American Institute of Physics
Commentary / Q&A: Cutler Cleveland, Boston University
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: COSMOPOLITAN DEMOCRACY & UN REFORM
What Was Political About the Historic World Federalist Movement?
Joseph Preston Baratta, Worcester State University
A UN Parliamentary Assembly as a Starting Point for a World Parliament
Andreas Bummel, Democracy Without Borders
United Nations Charter Review: Reconstructing Article 109 Par 3 Towards Global Constitutionalization
S. M. Sharei, Center for UN Constitutional Research
MODERATOR: Augusto Lopez-Claros, Global Governance Forum
1:00 – 2:30 pm: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRATIC FEDERALISM
Europe as a Lab for Supranational Democracy
Susanna Cafaro, EU Law Professor at Università del Salento, Jean Monnet Chair in “Legal Theory of European Integration: a Supranational Democracy Model?”
Themes from a League of Democracies: Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods
John J. Davenport, Fordham University
Open Democracy Beyond Borders
Hélène Landemore, Yale University
Moderator: Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University
Richard Samuel Deese
Richard Samuel Deese is a Senior Lecturer for the Division of Social Sciences at Boston University. He is the author of We Are Amphibians: Julian and Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species (2015), Surf Music (2017), and Climate Change and the Future of Democracy (2019). His research interests include the history of science, global environmentalism, and transnational democratic movements since the end of World War Two.
Michael Holm joined the Boston University’s College of General Studies’ Social Science Department as a Lecturer in 2016. Before that he spent three years as a Lecturer at the CAS History Department. He specializes in international relations history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, and U.S. political and cultural history.
Holm’s first book The Marshall Plan: A New Deal for Europe was published by Routledge in 2016. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of the Historical Society and Diplomacy and Statecraft. Holm has two forthcoming chapters, “The United States in the World: Victory Culture and the Debate over U.N. Peacekeeping” in L’histoire du maintien de la paix: nouvelles perspectives/History of Peacekeeping: New Perspectives (forthcoming, 2018) and “‘The patient is sinking while the doctors deliberate:’ Marshall’s Quest to Save Europe” in Center of the Storm: George Marshall’s Influence after World War II (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019).
He is currently working on an article/book project on American intellectuals and the development of U.S. foreign aid policy in the early Cold War era.