Prof. Rao interviews Prof. Ringen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College. He has also been an associate of Nuffield and St Antony’s Colleges in Oxford. An astute political scientist, Prof. Ringen has spent decades studying and writing about states, governance, and democracy.
Prof. Stein Ringen’s How Democracies Live: Power, Statecraft, and Freedom in Modern Societies, published by the University of Chicago Press this year, is a seminal addition to this literature. On more than 70 occasions in the 20th century, democracy collapsed and gave rise to authoritarianism. How Democracies Live delves into the recent vicissitudes of democracy and reminds us that it is constantly under threat and will fail unless we care for it.