Date: Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 02:30 pm
Location: at the Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
Moderated by: Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the National University of Singapore and current Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy
  • Dr. David Bosshart, CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies

30 Minutes: Input
30 Minutes: Debate
Followed by networking

Snacks and drinks will be served.


Western democracy has degenerated into a contest among populist forces rather than a system of governance focused on broad societal progress. Trump, Brexit, and anti-European movements demonstrate a self-defeating irrationality at odds with the sophisticated requirements of governing in times of increasing complexity. Two small states in particular buck this trend – Switzerland and Singapore – and do so by balancing democracy and technocracy, the voice of the people and the professionalism of experts. Furthermore, they use big data and social media to plan ahead and harness disruptive forces rather than being destabilized by them. Is a combination of these two models – a “direct technocracy” – possible for larger European countries? On the eve of Germany’s election, what can be done to stave off populism and meet future challenges?

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