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MAHBUB UL HAQ DISTINGUISHED LECTURE 2021

Polarized Democracies: Causes and Consequences

Speaker:James Robinson (UChicago)
Moderator:Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS and MHRC) and Umair Javed (LUMS and MHRC)

Professor Robinson discusses the social and economic changes that have caused polarization to increase in democratic politics in the 21st century. He examines the strain this is placing on democratic institutions and what implications these changes have for our understanding of democracy as a political system. James Robinson is the Reverend Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the Director of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. His research interests include political economy, comparative economic development and economic history. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed books, The Narrow Corridor: State, Societies and The Fate of Liberty and Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity.