Jan Zielonka is the Professor of European Politics and a Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. He is a prolific – and at times, combative – political scientist who keeps producing deep insights into the pres-ent-day state of liberal democracies. His analysis does not hold back with criticism towards liberalism and elites, pointing out deeprooted flaws in the political processes and institutions of the last decades. Despite the gloomy diagnosis, Zielonka’s critique is highly constructive as he tries to reimagine what a liberal democracy can and should be in order to stand the tests of time in the 21st century.
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