03 May 2017

Arjun Appadurai: How to cope with democratic fatigue?

On 25 April, Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, examined the factors behind the recent global rise of authoritarian populist leaders and movements in an event organised by the Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.

“European liberal democracy is on the verge of a dangerous crisis”, said Professor Appadurai. “Democratic fatigue is visible everywhere, and there are numerous examples of authoritarian government and major aspirants to right-wing rule. European liberal publics – workers, intellectuals, activists and policy makers – need to make common cause to argue for economic and political liberalism. We need a liberal multitude. That is the only answer to the regressive multitude that is currently on the rise in Europe and beyond.”

Prior to his lecture, Professor Appadurai discussed the rise of populism and the future of the nation state with Shalini Randeria, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. You can watch their conversation, as well as Professor Appadurai’s lecture, below.