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Overcoming Pernicious Polarization and Protecting Democracy

Monday, February 28, 2022, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The De- and Re-Democratization Workgroup of the CEU Democracy Institute cordially invites you to this public lecture.

Please note that this is a hybrid event: you may join in-person (Budapest campus, Nador u. 15., room 101), or follow it online.

If you would like attend the lecture in-person*, then please register here.

If you would like to follow the lecture online, on Zoom, then please register here.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required to enter CEU premises, and wearing a mask is obligatory in all common areas. Read more about CEU’s Covid-protocol here.


Jennifer McCoy has been writing about Us vs Them political polarization and its pernicious consequences for democracy around the world.  Now she is investigating ways to reduce or manage that polarization while enhancing democratic resilience.  She will speak about the broad trends in polarization globally and specific challenges for specific countries to address it, including the U.S. as a uniquely polarized wealthy Western democracy, and challenges for opposition parties facing polarizing and autocratizing incumbents.


Jennifer McCoy is Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, Research Affiliate at the CEU Democracy Institute and non-resident scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was a Senior Core Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Budapest, Hungary in spring 2019.  McCoy was chosen for the inaugural class of Distinguished University Professorships at Georgia State University in 2013.  Specializing in international and comparative politics, Dr. McCoy’s areas of expertise include democratic resilience; democratic erosion and partisan polarization; crisis prevention and conflict resolution; democracy promotion and collective defense of democracy; election processes and international election observation; and Latin American Politics.

*The event will be streamed live on Zoom, and also recorded. The edited recording may be shared on YouTube. In case you ask questions during the Q&A sessions, your image and voice could appear in the stream and the video. By registering to the event, you give your explicit permission for your image and voice to be streamed on Zoom and used in the video recording of the event shared online. If you prefer not to be recorded, then we would like to ask you to follow the event online. 

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