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Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, HEC Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus
In “The Postwar Order and the Rise and Decay of European Democracy,” Sheri Berman will describe how after 1945 a new West European order transformed a region that had been convulsed by economic crises and social and political conflict to a site of successful democracy and rising prosperity, by revising the relationship between states, markets and societies. Then, she will explain how the decline of this postwar order has contributed to many of the problems confronting democracy in Europe today. Prof. Berman’s wideranging, influential work on politics past and present includes The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Ideological Dynamics of the Twentieth Century (2006), The Social Democratic Moment: Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe (1998), Democracy and Dictatorship: Europe from the Ancien Régime to the Present Day, which has just appeared, and recent writings on populism, elites, and crises in democracy and in the European center-left. This is the concluding lecture in the Ethics and Public Life series on politics and justice in the era of Donald Trump.