KCRW Berlin presents Zocalo Public Square

Thanks to everyone who made it out to: KCRW BERLIN PRESENTS Zócalo Public Square


What Does Democracy Mean in the 21st Century? 
Moderated by Warren Olney

Write-up and video from the event  are available on Zocalo Public Square’s website.




“Democracy” can mean very different things—majority rule, self-governance, the way we vote for the winning song on Eurovision—to different people and in different places. Our lack of a shared definition of democracy adds to the confusion in times like our own, when we hear warnings of grave and growing threats to democracy. What does “democracy” really mean now in a world where almost every country purports to be democratic? Is it possible to identify essential elements of democracy that are common to the different polities of our diverse world? Is democracy really on the decline today, and what sort of civic culture, institutional norms, and public participation do societies need to be truly democratic?

Oxford political scientist Stein Ringen, Brookings Institution/Robert Bosch Foundation fellow and former Clinton Administration foreign policy advisor Ted Piccone, and Mélida Jiménez, Head of Democracy Assessment, Analysis, and Advisory at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, joined us to consider how we can define and defend our democracies.


In partnership with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and Villa Aurora/Thomas Mann House.





KCRW Berlin Visiting Talent Warren Olney is host and executive producer of KCRW’s To The Point  and Olney in L.A.

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