Christine Landfried on the Democratic Potential of Citizens' Assemblies

55 Voices for Democracy: Christine Landfried

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When it comes to politics, “distrust is a very healthy thing” says 2022 Thomas Mann Fellow Christine Landfried. She warns though that it should not be confused with loss of trust as the latter means people will disconnect from political discussions entirely.

In this episode, the professor of political science talks about how citizens’ assemblies, a new form of participation, are a way to strengthen democracy by not only giving people a direct say in matters but also by connecting people from diverse cultural backgrounds and social strata. Landfried has observed citizens’ assemblies and prominently reported about them in a variety of German-speaking media outlets.

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The series 55 Voices for Democracy is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. His conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever. In this podcast series, intellectuals, artists, and activists will engage in conversations about how to renew democracy today.

In collaboration with Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City and Wunderbar Together. With friendly support of Dublab.

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