Is democracy dying? Many people are worried about authoritarianism, about the pressure on free media, free speech and independent judiciaries. Political scientists from the University of Amsterdam help us understanding what authoritarianism is, and how it might relate to other tendencies such as populism or xenophobia. To understand authoritarianism, we need to look at more than elections and must get away from seeing states as separate units that are either democratic or authoritarian. Instead, we should study authoritarian practices.
Social science researchers from the University of Amsterdam present the work of a great thinker in their field immersing us in key features of the social science canon. They shall explore contributions of Great Thinkers across disciplinary lines. In the academic year 2016-2017 we will present Adam Smith, Amartya Sen, Hanna Arendt, Mary Douglas, Stuart Hall and Pierre Bourdieu.