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Archon Fung: From the Embers of Crisis: Creating Equitable and Deliberative Democracy
October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Living Democracy Talk: From the Embers of Crisis: Creating Equitable and Deliberative Democracy with Archon Fung
𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥; 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘡𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬.
At a moment when American Democracy was characterized by record levels of political division, inequality, and institutional distrust, it was hit by the perfect storm of the COVID-19 health crisis, an economic crisis of soaring unemployment and economic dislocation, and a civic crisis of reckoning with deep racism and police abuse. What would it take to create from the embers of these crises a deeper, more egalitarian and deliberative democracy in America? Many lay their hopes in a change of Presidential administration in the coming election. But long before Donald Trump, our government had already failed to create a system that shared the fruits of prosperity justly. Our government was unresponsive to the wishes of many Americans, especially people of color and non-wealthy Americans. A return to the pre-Trump half century encompassing Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and perhaps Obama — of relatively narrowly bounded disputes between the center-left and center-right — would not address those deeper failures. Delivering on the promise of American democracy — the promise of inclusion, equality, deliberation, and self-government — requires more fundamental political reorganization: new leaders with relationships of mutual understanding and accountability to the communities that they are meant to represent; powerful new popular groups and organizations; and electoral structures that enable all Americans to participate meaningfully in politics. 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘘&𝘈 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸.
Archon Fung is the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance. He focuses upon public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include 𝘍𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and 𝘌𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘙𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘜𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘋𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺 (Princeton University Press). He has authored five books, four edited collections, and over fifty articles appearing in professional journals.
𝘚𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘏𝘊’𝘴 Living Democracy 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘤𝘊𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘎𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘋. 𝘔𝘤𝘊𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵.
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ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided. To view ASL interpretation, please attend the webinar on a desktop computer.