December 6, 2021

Saving Democracy

This month President Biden will convene the Summit for Democracy, which will bring together global leaders to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and tackle some of the greatest threats faced by democracies today. This convening is happening against the backdrop of significant democratic decline both at home and abroad, where longstanding democratic norms related to good governance, judicial independence, and transition of power are being challenged by leaders with authoritarian tendencies.
In the United States these trends are particularly troubling with experts arguing that the degree of democratic erosion we are currently seeing, particularly as it relates to electoral integrity and anticorruption, is customarily assigned to fragile corners of the globe rather than established democracies. In an era where waves of false and misleading information are sowing doubt in the inherent value of democratic governance, what can be done to stem the tide of democratic erosion? And what can we learn from other countries who have faced similar threats?

Welcome Remarks:
Kara Stein, Vice President of Policy and Program, ACS

Debra Perlin, Director of Policy and Program, ACS, Moderator
Ashutosh Bhagwat, Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law
Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Sarah Repucci, Vice President of Research & Analysis, Freedom House
Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs