Renovating Democracy: A Discussion with Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels

October 3, 2019

5:30pm Cambridge, MA

With the rise of populist movements in the West, and China in the East, many question whether Democracy as we know it is in crisis. In their new book, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism, co-authors Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels take this question head on, arguing that our governance models must evolve to reflect the rapid changes in our globally-connected, technology-driven world. Their book proposes new approaches to renovating our global systems, including harnessing the power of participation while relying on mediating structures to mitigate populism, focusing on economic “re-distribution” to protect workers instead of jobs, and striking a better balance between national pride and global cooperation. Join Gardels and Berggruen as they discuss these issues, and others, with David Gergen, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership.

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