On both sides of the Atlantic, commentators suggest that democracy is in crisis. Some even say that we are witnessing the decline of the West or the end of the liberal world order.
Are these commentators right -- and if so, what is the cause of democracy's decline? Or are they entirely wrong? Perhaps we are just witnessing a return to "politics as usual" after a period of unusual calm in the life of leading Western states.
Alasdair Roberts' most recent book, "Four Crises of American Democracy," was published by Oxford University Press in January. Roberts is a Professor of Public Affairs at the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri.
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.