Renovating Democracy: The Conversation Starts Here

Berggruen Institute Founders Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels kicked off their book tour in March 2019 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. As a follow-up to Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East, their latest work Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism is the first in the Berggruen Institute series on the “Great Transformations” published by the University of California Press (UC Press). For Fall tour dates, please click here. Below are select media conversations and public events related to the book.


Media Highlights

Nikkei Asian Review
In their joint Op-Ed, Berggruen and Gardels discuss how global polarization is going to set back efforts to prevent the world from warming. Read the article here.

Barron’s: The Answer to Rising Inequality Isn’t Redistribution
In their joint Op-Ed, Berggruen and Gardels discuss their idea of “predistribution” as opposed to redistribution to combat inequality. Read the article here.

BBC Newshour: Tim Franks Interviews Nicolas Berggruen 
Berggruen in-studio interview with Tim Franks from BBC World Service flagship radio program Newshour to discuss the new book, the future of democracy, and its need for renovation. Listen here.

Bloomberg: There Are Better Ways to Do Democracy
Peter Coy discusses how democracy needs a third stage of development with Berggruen and Gardels. Read the article here.

The Economist: Democracy Is Floundering: We Need to Fix It or Lose It
The Economist Open Futures features a book excerpt and interview with Berggruen and Gardels. Read the article here.

Le nouvelle Economiste: Nicolas Berggruen – “Le Capitalisme Numérique Appelle un Nouveau Contrat Social”
Philippe Plassart interviews Nicolas Berggruen on digital capitalism, populism and China. Read the article here.

Slate: Brainstorming Ways to Rekindle Democracy
Yascha Mounk interviews Berggruen and Gardels on how money influences government, Trump’s impact on democracy, capitalism, populism and ideas for the future. Read the article here.

Vanity Fair: Nicolas Berggruen Founder of the Berggruen Institute Predicts Humanity is Toast
Nicolas Berggruen sits down with Nick Bilton to discuss the book, gene editing and why we’re losing to China. Listen here.

WorldPost: Renovating Democracy
Nathan Gardels writes about presenting his new book with Nicolas Berggruen “Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism,” at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.


Public Conversations with Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels

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Blavatnik School of Government – University of Oxford
Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School, moderated a discussion between Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen as they discuss issues and their arguments from their new book: Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism with Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.



Chatham House
The BBC’s Razia Iqbal moderates a panel with Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, and Chatham House Senior Research Fellow Hans Kundnani on whether or not democratic systems can be rethought and rejuvenated in the 21st century.




Commonwealth Club
Berggruen and Gardels joined Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, to discuss their new ideas for better governance and why a forward-looking approach is so critically needed.




European University Institute – School of Transnational Governance
Gardels and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, The New Democracy Foundation, discuss an alternative framework of governance through enhanced participation without populism and direct democracy via new mediating institutions to complement representative government. Gardels argued that globalization can be harnessed through ‘positive nationalism’ at home and that global cooperation is feasible with a viable rules-based world order. The discussion was moderated by Fabrizio Tassinari, School of Transnational Governance, EUI with introductory remarks by Debora Spini, NYU Florence.


UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix
Berggruen and Gardels discuss their new book with Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business & Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact.



Live Talks Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Berggruen and Gardels to unfold the authors’ proposals for an alternative framework for governance and harness globalization through positive nationalism at home while advocating for global cooperation.