Renovating Democracy: A Discussion with Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels


Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm


T-520 Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Taubman 520, Allison Dining Room
Harvard Kennedy School


With the rise of populist movements in the West, and China in the East, many question whether Democracy as we know it is in crisis. In their new book, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism, co-authors Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels take this question head on, arguing that our governance models must evolve to reflect the rapid changes in our globally-connected, technology-driven world. Their book proposes new approaches to renovating our global systems, including harnessing the power of participation while relying on mediating structures to mitigate populism, focusing on economic “re-distribution” to protect workers instead of jobs, and striking a better balance between national pride and global cooperation. Join Gardels and Berggruen as they discuss these issues, and others, with David Gergen, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership.

About the Speakers

BerggruenNicolas Berggruen is Founder and Chairman of the Berggruen Institute. He is co-author of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East and is co-publisher of The WorldPost. He is also Chairman of Berggruen Holdings.



GardelsNathan Gardels is Co-Founder of the Berggruen Institute and Editor-in-Chief of The WorldPost, a global media platform. He is the co-author of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between East and West, a Financial Times best book of 2012. His previous books include American Idol after Iraq, The Changing Global Order and At Century’s End.


dgDavid R. Gergen is a Professor of Public Service and Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership. Over the past four decades, he has served as a White House advisor to four presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. In the mid-1980s, he began a career in journalism, becoming editor of U.S. News & World Report and joining PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He joined the Kennedy School faculty in January 1999. In the fall of 2000 he published the New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. He is currently the Senior Political Analyst at CNN.


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