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Is Democracy Broken?


Our next edition of the Glendon Global Debates: “Is Democracy Broken?” will be held on April 4, 2023, at 7 PM, featuring The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.



The Panelists

Clare Hutchinson
Former Senior gender advisor with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping & Power Corp Fellow, Glendon College

Susan Pond
Former NATO executive & BMO Senior Fellow, Glendon College

Emily Laxer
Associate Professor, Sociology, York University’s Glendon Campus & York Research Chair in Populism, Rights, and Legality

Event Description

Different phenomena are affecting the faith in and the functioning of democracies: growing inequalities (and the failure of reforms to address them); the rise of social media and their detrimental effects on public discourse; and the growing tendency of political parties across the spectrum to exploit divisions, whether real or perceived.

Do these contemporary shifts in political activity and discourse suggest that democracy is broken, or is it just frayed?

This event will be hybrid and bilingual.

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Apr 04 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


BMO Skyroom - York Hall A300 @ Glendon Campus, York University - 2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto @ M4N 3M6
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