17 JANUARY 2019 / Professor Daniel Ziblatt on “How Democracies Die” at the SNF Agora Institute

On Wednesday, January 16th, Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, discussed his latest book, the New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die.

In the book, Ziblatt and his co-author Steven Levitsky explore the timely questions of whether our democracy in danger and of what form that danger might take. Drawing on more than twenty years’ experience studying the collapse of democracies in Europe and Latin America, they conclude that our democracy is indeed imperiled by the slow, steady weakening of the critical institutions that constitute it, but that failure may yet be averted.

This free event was hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, SNF committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the SNF Agora Institute. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, and philosophy in order to facilitate the restoration of open and inclusive discourse.