Open Study Group Session: The Democracy Crisis in Europe and the US: A Comparative Perspective" Study Group


Thursday, May 4, 2017, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Littauer 324, Fainsod Room HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA 02138


The next open meeting of the Spring 2017 “The Democracy Crisis in Europe and the US: A Comparative Perspective” Study Group led by Ambassador John Shattuck will be held on:


Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 4:00-5:30PM

Littauer 324, Fainsod Room, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA 02138


Title: "The Attack on Democracy in Europe and the US: The Illiberal Governance Model"


There will be three readings for this session.

  1. " Civil Society Independence - Democracy Crisis Study Group" (attached)
  2. “Judicial Independence Democracy Crisis Study Group [2]”(attached)
  3. “Media Freedom - Democracy Crisis Study Group  [1]” (attached


Discussion Questions:

Q1:  What is civil society? Why is independent civil society a core element of liberal democracy?

Q2:  What is happening to the independence of civil society in Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Russia?

Q3:  How is media freedom being curtailed by regulation in these countries?

Q4:  What is happening to judicial independence in these countries?

Q5:  Are there similar developments in other European democracies and in the US?





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