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Pew Research Center findings on international opinion of democracy, Katie Simmons
15 February 2018 @ 12:30 – 13:30
In many parts of the world today, strong pro-democracy attitudes co-exist, to varying degrees, with openness to non-democratic forms of governance. These range from rule by experts, a strong leader, or the military. To what extent does this pose a threat to the future of democracy in general? A recent survey of 38 countries by the Pew Research Center, “Globally, Broad Support for Representative and Direct Democracy” examined attitudes toward various forms of government, including representative democracy, direct democracy and authoritarian rule. The findings showed there are reasons for calm as well as concern when it comes to democracy’s future. More than half in each of the nations polled consider representative democracy a very or somewhat good way to govern their country. Dr. Katie Simmons of the Pew Research Center will present the findings of the report on Thursday, February 15 at the Hertie School, followed by a discussion with Hertie School Professor of Applied Methods and Comparative Politics Mark Kayser.