The seventeenth annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World was held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 as a virtual event. The lecture was delivered by Minxin Pei, Pritzker Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, on “Totalitarianism’s Long Dark Shadow Over China.”
The Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World was inaugurated in 2004 by the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto as an important new forum for discourse on democracy and its progress worldwide.
The lecture is named for one of the great democratic scholars and public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Seymour Martin Lipset’s scholarship on such themes as the conditions for democracy, political parties, voting behavior, extremist movements, ideologies, and public opinion constitutes one of the most prolific, insightful, and widely read bodies of work on democracy ever produced by a single author.
Lipset was also one of the most important comparative analysts of the two great democracies of North America, and a strong advocate for US-Canadian cooperation. The joint US-Canadian sponsorship of the Lipset Lecture provides an opportunity for influential audiences in both countries to hear and discuss a major intellectual statement on democracy each year. It serves as a catalyst for further cooperation between Canada and the United States in the promotion of democracy and democratic ideas around the world.
The Lipset Lecture is delivered in both the US and Canada. It is an intellectual platform for men and women who, like Lipset, have made important contributions to our thinking about key issues of democracy through their writings and other accomplishments.
While some lecturers may be known primarily for their academic achievements, others will have records of public service that equal their intellectual stature. The lecture is published each year in NED’s Journal of Democracy.
2019 – Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, The Rise and Fall of ‘Good Governance’ Promotion
2018 (presented in February 2019) – Anwar Ibrahim, Confronting Authoritarianism
2017 – William Galston, The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy
2016 – Ghia Nodia, The Crisis of Postnationalism
2015 – Andrew J. Nathan, The Puzzle of the Chinese Middle Class
2014 – Lilia Shevtsova, Russia’s Political System: The Drama of Decay
2013 – Donald L. Horowitz, Ethnic Power-Sharing and Democracy: Three Big Problems
2012 – Alfred C. Stepan, Democratization Theory and the Arab Spring
2011 – Abdou Filali-Ansari, The Arab Revolutions: Democracy and Historical Consciousness
2010 – Ivan Krastev, Paradoxes of the New Authoritarianism
2009 – Nathan Glazer, Democracy and Diversity: Dealing with Deep Divides
2008 – Jean Bethke Elshtain, Religion and Democracy: Allies or Antagonists?
2007 – Pierre Hassner, Russia’s Transition to Autocracy: The Implications for World Politics
2006 – Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Toward Islamic Democracies
2005 – Francis Fukuyama, Identity, Immigration, and Liberal Democracy
2004 – Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Scholarship and Statesmanship