Diamond to Speak on ‘Global Recession of Democracy’

Posted: March 10, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Larry Diamond

The George Mason University Graduate Political Science Society will present Larry Diamond, professor of sociology and political science at Stanford University; senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; and co-editor of the Journal of Democracy, who will give a talk on “The Global Recession of Democracy.”

The presentation will be Tuesday, March 23, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. Refreshments will be served prior to the event.

Diamond will discuss how beginning in 1974, the number of democracies in the world tripled and levels of freedom in the world expanded dramatically.

He will argue, however, that since 1999, beginning with the breakdown of civilian constitutional rule in Pakistan late that year, there has been a sharp acceleration in the number of breakdowns of democracies, and more recently the world has been slipping into a democratic recession.

In the last three years, he says, levels of freedom have declined, democracy has lost global momentum and China has increasingly emerged as a potential rival model of a regime that is seen as worthy of emulation.

This lecture will document the signs of democratic recession around the world, explore the causes for this worrisome trend, and suggest some policy responses to shore up uncertain democracies and revive global democratic progress.

All are invited.

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