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Democratic Education and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

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Democratic Education and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Julian Culp

Democratic theorists, educational scholars, historians and political scientists view as symptoms of the democratic crisis wide-spread distrust in scientific experts and political elites as well as a sense of frustration and powerlessness vis-à-vis pressing economic, ecological and social challenges (cf. Mounk 2018, Müller 2016, On Education 2018, Runciman 2018, Levitsky and Ziblatt 2018). In response to these problems politicians and citizens on the left and on the right argue in favor of ­­“taking back control” nationally, because they identify economic and political globalization as the main cause of the democratic crisis. They maintain that in order to reduce the technocratic elites’ power at the inter-, trans- and supranational levels, it is necessary to roll back globalization and to ensure that political decisions are made exclusively at the national level.

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