Global Interdependence and the Crisis of Democracy: Aldo Moro’s Vision, George L. Mosse’s Interpretation

In collaboration with Accademia di Studi Storici Aldo Moro, Permanent Mission of Italy at the United Nations, George L. Mosse Program in History, with the support of the Fondazione Cariplo and the Direzione Generale Biblioteche e Istituti Culturali of the Italian Ministry of Culture:

The occasion for the seminar is the recent republication in Italy, and the forthcoming publication in English, of historian George L. Mosse’s Interview on Aldo Moro, conducted by Alfonso Alfonsi in January 1979, just eight months after Moro’s assassination. According to Mosse, Moro offered an original approach to the recurrent crises of participation and consensus that parliamentary democracies began to face after World War Two, as mass societies developed and global interdependence increased. Moro, as Mosse put it, strove to “broaden the basis of the system of parliamentary government to take account of the nature of modern mass politics”. The seminar will begin by outlining Aldo Moro’s views on this subject, as Mosse interpreted them. It will then move to a discussion of the new challenges faced today by parliamentary democracies, including the rise of various forms of authoritarian populism. The seminar will have a multidisciplinary character, reflecting the different angles from which these issues can be approached.

Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy at the United Nations

Welcoming Addresses:
Stefano Albertini, Director, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Skye Doney, Director, George L. Mosse Program in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hon. Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy in New York

Round Table:
Alfonso Alfonsi, President, Accademia di studi storici Aldo Moro
Giuliana Chamedes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Renato Moro, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Gabriele Quinti, Director, Knowledge & Innovation
Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University

Concluding Remarks:
David Forgacs, NYU

This event is part of the Hon. Frank J. Guarini Series in Public Affairs.


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