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How to Fix Democracy

Unraveling the fragile state of our democracies in Europe and the United States.

How to Fix Democracy explores why democracy is not delivering in Europe and North America and how it can be reinvigorated. The project consists of a series of interviews, webinars, and a three-part documentary film. Our intention is to bring our audience face to face with the origins, controversies, triumphs, and failures of democracy in the 21st century. Our goal is to analyze what is wrong with democracy and spark conversations about how to fix it.

How to Fix Democracy: The Documentary Film

Directed, written, and narrated by Andrew Keen, the How To Fix Democracy film is a three-parts documentary about the contemporary crisis of liberal democracy. Filmed in Europe and the United States, it features dozens of interviews from some of the world's top experts on democracy from academia, media, and government. The documentary charts the rise of illiberal populism and offers economic, technological, and cultural strategies to save liberal democracy.

How to Fix Democracy: Recent Webinars

How to Fix Democracy: Interview Series 2

Featuring global thought leaders including:

  • Adam Hochschild, Award-winning author, historian, and journalist | Adam Tooze, Director of the European Institute & Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University | Amity Shlaes, Four-time New York Times best-selling author | Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, a think tank in Washington, D.C. | Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley | Branko Milanovic, Visiting Presidential Professor at CUNY and Senior Scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality | Daniel Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School |Ian Bassin, Co-founder and Executive Director of Protect Democracy, a non-profit created to fight threats to democracy in America | Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget | Mark Blyth, Professor of International Economics at Brown University | Peniel Joseph, Professor of Public Affairs and Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the University of Texas Austin | Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business | Rebecca Henderson, University Professor at Harvard University Business School | Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, UMass, Amherst and a Visiting Professor at the New School University | Robert H. Frank, Professor of Management Emeritus at Cornell University’s SC Johnson Graduate School of Management | Sarah Miller, Executive Director at the American Economic Liberties Project | Sir Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Emeritus, and Senior Scholar at Princeton University | Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government | Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Stony Brook University | Walter Scheidel, Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and the Catherine R. Kennedy and Daniel L. Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University

Discover Highlights from Season 2

How to Fix Democracy: Interview Series 1

Featuring global thought leaders including:

  • Adrian Wooldridge, Political Editor and Bagehot columnist at The Economist | Anne Applebaum, Journalist and Historian in communism and post-communist democratization | Annika Savill, Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund | Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University | Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution | David Runciman, Professor at the University of Cambridge | Ed Luce, Columnist and Commentator for the Financial Times | Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies | John Ralstone Saul, Writer and Political Philosopher | Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University | Laura Rosenberger, Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States | Leon Botstein, Music Director, Conductor and the President of Bard College | Michael Ignatieff, President of Central European University in Budapest | Norman Eisen, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute | Norman Ornstein, Resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute | Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate, Lawyer, Author, and former U.S. presidential candidate | Richard Stengel, formerly the Managing Editor of Time Magazine and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U.S. State Department from 2014-2016 | Rob Riemen, Founder of the Nexus Institute | Sir Malcom Rifkind, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom.

Discover Highlights from Season 1

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