Theresa Scavenius will meet David Bell to discuss democracy and meritocracy – University of Copenhagen

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12 April 2016

Theresa Scavenius will meet David Bell to discuss democracy and meritocracy

On April 14th 2016 NIAS (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies) and Fudan-European Centre for China Studies have arranged for Theresa Scavenius and David Bell to meet to discuss democracy as a form of government.

Is our democracy too populistic to solve complex issues? If yes – do we need more or less democracy? Which role should and are experts able to play in (Danish) politics?

Canadian scholar Daniel Bell recently published "The China Model". In this book, he describes the Chinese form of government; a so-called meritocracy in which experts rather than democratically elected politicians make the difficult decisions. According to Bell, this makes the political system more effective. On the other hand, Danish democracy and climate researcher Theresa Scavenius argues democracy is the most effective and the only legitimate form of government when complex problems need to be solved. What is needed, according to Scavenius, is more and better democracy.

The debate will take place at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Social Sciences, room 7.0.34 and requires sign-up. Further information on the event can be found here.