Challenges to Democracy in Big Middle Income Countries: Brazil, India, South Africa


Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:15pm


Center for European Studies 27 Kirkland Street, Lower Level Conference Room

Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University
Tariq Thachil, Associate Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Evan Lieberman, Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa, MIT

Over the last decade, developments in Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Thailand, Venezuela and elsewhere have raised concerns about a global democratic recession. Although the number of democracies in the world has remained stable, the crisis of Western liberal democracies and the rise of China and Russia suggest that storm clouds may be on the horizon. This panel looks at the state of democracy in three big countries: Brazil, India, and South Africa. In all three countries, democracy is well-established but challenged. Because all three countries are influential regional powers, the impact of democracy’s failure in any of them would be felt across the globe.

Organizer(s): Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies