Democracy, as a brand, has taken its lumps in recent times, and much of the damage is self-inflicted. In the United States alone, ongoing partisan battles have raised questions about the ability of the often self-proclaimed “world’s greatest democracy” to meet its most basic obligations. Have these failures, real and perceived, damaged the ability of democracies around the world to promote democratic governance as the solution to a wide range of challenges and problems? In this episode of Wilson Center NOW, Larry Diamond provides thoughts on the status of democratic governance and the challenges it faces from within and without. He recently visited the Wilson Center to provide the keynote address during a day-long forum called, “Does Democracy Matter?”

About Larry Diamond
Larry Diamond is a political sociologist and leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies. He is a professor of Sociology and Political Science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. Diamond is also a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University’s main center for research on international issues. At the Institute Diamond serves as director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.