What, If Anything, Is "Illiberal Democracy"?

Lecture by Jan-Werner Mueller

Political scientists have recently been diagnosing a global “democratic recession” – both the quantity and the quality of democracies appear to be declining. Observers have also used the term “illiberal democracy” to analyze developments in countries as diverse as Hungary, Turkey, and the US. The talk will probe this concept from a historical, normative, and social scientific point of view.
Jan-Werner Mueller is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He has been a fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Remarque Institute at NYU, and the European University Institute in Florence; he has also been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has taught as a visiting professor at the EHESS and Sciences Po, both in Paris. In 2011 he delivered the Carlyle Lectures in the History of Political Thought at Oxford University. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. At Princeton, Jan-Werner Mueller directs the Project in the History of Political Thought at the University Center for Human Values.

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