Democracy Ideas: Marc F. Plattner on "Governance" and Democracy

In this episode of Democracy Ideas, Forum executive director Christopher Walker speaks with Marc F. Plattner about the growing popularity of the term “governance” and whether “good governance” is really possible in the absence of democratic accountability. The discussion is based on the article by Marc F. Plattner titled “Reflections on ‘Governance'”, published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Democracy

Marc F. Plattner is founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, vice-president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and co-chair of the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. Dr. Plattner graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received his Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, where his principal area of study was political philosophy. Among his many writings, his most recent book is Democracy Without Borders? Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy (2008).

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