Conversations on Europe: The State of Democracy in Europe

This panel considers several aspects of the current state of democracy in Europe, with special attention to the rise of right-wing populism, illiberal forms of democracy, declining party loyalty, and evidence of increasing disenchantment with the current state of democracy in Europe. The panel will seek to discuss these issues with the help of a broad comparative and historical perspective.

Professors Mohammed Bamyeh and John Markoff, Department of Sociology, Pitt, organized the panel and Professor Bamyeh moderated it.


  • Timm Beichelt, Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences, Viadrina University, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
  • Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Science, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy
  • Jae-Jae Spoon, Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

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This video has been funded with the assistance of both the European Commission (through the Erasmus + Programme) and the US Department of Education. The contents of this video are the sole responsibility of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the U.S. government or the European Union.

Co-support provided by the International Foreign Language Education office of the U.S. Department of Education and the European Commission's Erasmus + Programme. Views and opinions expressed are those of the individual panelists and do not reflect the views or opinions of the U.S. Government or the European Union.