Assessing the State of Democracy in America

Date: April 3, 2008

Location:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

Description:

The Forum for the Study of Democracy and Autocracy invites you to a free symposium of academics, American political reformers, and democracy promotion practitioners on Assessing the State of Democracy in America: Is This the Best We Can Be?

Thursday, April 3, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (Continental breakfast at 8:30)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Keynote: Thomas O. Melia, 'Assessing American Democracy'

Tom Melia, deputy director of Freedom House, discusses the organization's work assessing civil liberties and democratic rights worldwide, the reaction these efforts sometimes elicit, and some findings from a forthcoming Freedom House report on the state of freedom in America.

Panelists:
Algernon Austin, Economic Policy Institute
Patrick Basham, Democracy Institute/Cato Institute
Doug Chapin, electionline.org/Pew Charitable Trusts
Ryan O’Donnell, Common Cause
Rob Richie, FairVote
Mark Rom, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Moderators:
Dan Brumberg, Georgetown Democracy & Governance
Barak Hoffman, Center for Democracy and Civil Society

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