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Rebuilding Democratic Norms and Institutions in the Post Impeachment Era | Bay Area Democracy Funders

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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The presidential year begins amid an historic political impasse at home and continued democratic decline across the globe. Autocrats now run three of the world’s four largest democracies, with systems in the U.S. and India teetering on the brink, according to experts. Yascha Mounk, a leading authority on liberal democracy and the rise of populism, recently wrote: “When they are reelected, populists nearly always become more radical and more dangerous.”

As we face this precipice, join us for a timely and engaging conversation with our two distinguished speakers, as they address these questions and more:

  • What are the common tactics authoritarians use in order to succeed?
  • What are the historical signposts on how we arrived at this dangerous precipice?
  • How can we preserve the norms, institutions and guardrails of our democracy?
  • What is a practical roadmap for renewal? Which organizations are working on them?
  • How can funders participate in rebuilding an enduring democracy now?

Please join us for a happy hour and book signing following the program.  


Ian Bassin, Co-Founder and Executive DIrector, Protect Democracy

Ian served as Associate White House Counsel from 2009–2011. In addition to counseling the President and senior White House staff on administrative and constitutional law, his responsibilities included ensuring that White House and executive branch officials complied with the laws, rules and norms that protect the fundamentally democratic nature of our government. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal and President of the American Constitution Society.


Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution; Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

Tom spent 45 years working in Washington DC, most of those at Brookings, writing, speaking and acting on issues of political reform. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including It’s Even Worse Than It Looks (2012, 2016) with Norm Ornstein and One Nation After Trump (2017, 2018) with E.J. Dionne and Ornstein, both of which are New York Times bestsellers. Mann earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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