Human progress in the 21st century – bright and dark sides of democratization


Håvard HegreOn the occasion of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s centenary, an international symposium was organized at Uppsala University on September 21, 2017. The aim of the symposium was to present and discuss current research on the bright and dark sides of democratization, with the aim of exploring how democratization processes best serve human progress in the 21st century. 

The symposium was opened by Kerstin Sahlin, Chairman of the Program Committee, and Eva Åkesson, Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, as well as by Peter Wallenberg Jr and Göran Sandberg at the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and Göran K. Hansson, Secretary General, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Keynote speeches were held by Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore, and Staffan I. Lindberg, University of Gothenburg. Several panels were held during the day on the topics of democratization and the role of external actors. 

Read an interview with Associate Professor and Wallenberg Academy Fellow Lisa Hultman who chaired the panel debate "The role of external actor" (in Swedish)