Professor Larry Diamond returns to Ideas at Work for a conversation with Jennifer and Mike about democracy and freedom during the COVID-19 crisis.
How have different countries responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What have democracies around the world done to balance public health and individual liberty? What concerns should we have about the future of self-government?
Past episode featuring Larry Diamond
The “America in One Room” experiment
Dr. Diamond’s recent work:
- The Atlantic: America’s COVID-19 Disaster Is a Setback for Democracy
- The American Interest: Will America Remain a Democracy in 2020?
- The American Interest: How We Can Manage the Pandemic and Preserve our Democracy
- USA Today: Counting on coronavirus luck is not a fall election strategy. Best bet is vote by mail.
“Divided We Fall” documentary
Ranked-choice voting primer
Diamond: A Victory for Democratic Reform (ranked-choice voting in Maine)
About our guest:
Dr. Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. At Stanford University, he is professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy.
His latest book, China’s Influence and American Interests (Hoover Press, 2019), focuses on promoting constructive vigilance of China’s ambitions as a global economic and military superpower. He is now writing a textbook and preparing a massive open online course (MOOC) on democratic development. Diamond’s other recent books include Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency (Penguin Press, 2019) and In Search of Democracy (2016).
Diamond writes a monthly column for The American Interest and frequently consults on policies and programs to promote democracy.