In 2024, 65 elections are scheduled to be held, providing an unprecedented opportunity for people to participate in the electoral process. However, a significant number of these elections are taking place in countries where leaders and parties exhibit clear anti-democratic leanings, as well as in non-democratic regimes. 2024 has been coined as the make-or-break year for democracy worldwide.
In this breakfast seminar, Professor Erica Chenoweth from Harvard University will explore the potential for mass mobilization to bend these elections toward more democratic outcomes. Chenoweth is a leading scholar in the field of non-violent mass movements and civil resistance, and their latest book Civil Resistance: What Everybody Need to Know (Oxford, 2021), examines the nature and understanding of civil resistance, when it works and sometimes fails, and how state repression and violence affects mass mobilization.
The seminar is free and open to everyone. A light breakfast will be served from 08:30. The program will start promptly.
- Erica Chenoweth, Academic Dean for Faculty Engagement & Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at the Harvard Kennedy School
- Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
- Ida Rudolfsen, Senior Researcher at PRIO.
- Raymond Johansen, Secretary General of Norwegian People's Aid.
Welcoming remarks: Henrik Urdal, Director of PRIO.
Moderator: Marianne Dahl, Senior Researcher at PRIO.