Event Series

Policies of exclusion today

The second event in the series Understanding the politics and policies of exclusion took place on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, and discussed what processes change a society into an exclusionary community and with which impulses and procedures institutions in democracies respond to the pressures they are under.

The Hertie School welcomed Daniel Ziblatt, award-winning author and director of the research unit Transformations of Democracy at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) to deliver a keynote lecture, addressing topics from his best-selling book, "How Democracies Die".  Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of European Politics Christine Reh moderated an open discussion with Professor Ziblatt following his remarks.

Keynote speaker

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and since October 2020 the new director of the Department Transformations of Democracy. He has been awarded the 2019 Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin and was Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor at the WZB from 2019 to 2020. His book "How Democracies Die" (with Steven Levitsky, Crown, 2018), a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into over fifteen languages. 


Christine Reh is Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of European Politics at the Hertie School. Her work focuses on the European Union’s institutions, politics and legitimacy, with a particular interest in decision-making processes, informal governance and politicisation. Her current research explores the impact of national (electoral) politics on supranational actors and law-making. Reh received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) in 2007.

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