Donnerstag, 19. März 2020

The End of Liberal Democracy?


Liberal democracy seems to be under more pressure than ever. Social polarization, loss of trust between citizens and elites, widening gaps in representation – and right-wing populist movements that seem to be filling these gaps – are giving liberal democracy a hard time. Sometimes there is even talk of the end of liberal democracy. Whether such an end is really threatening is an open question. In fact, however, with the retirement of the director, Wolfgang Merkel, the research program of the WZB’s Democracy and Democratization department is coming to an end after 16 years. On this occasion, an international symposium with distinguished experts will discuss central theses of the department’s and its director’s research.


Child care
The WZB provides child care during the event. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Friederike Theilen-Kosch (veranstaltungen [at] by March 5, 2020 at the latest.

WZB is barrier-free
Our event location is wheelchair-accessible. If you need support, please e-mail: veranstaltungen [at]

Friederike Theilen-Kosch
veranstaltungen [at]
Wir bitten um Anmeldung bis zum 11.03.2020.
WZB, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, Room A 300
Donnerstag, 19. März 2020
Beginn 13:00 Uhr
Wolfgang Merkel