Is American Democracy Under Threat?

Hosted by the Department of Government

Online public event, United Kingdom


Justin Webb

Justin Webb

Dr Márcia Balisciano

Dr Márcia Balisciano


Professor Chris Anderson

Professor Chris Anderson

Join us for the annual Robert H Smith Family Foundation Lecture in Democracy which aims to promote the importance of international diplomacy and democracy in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin as a diplomat and politician. 

The scenes at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 shocked onlookers around the world and led many to reconsider their thoughts on American democracy. In this event, Benjamin Franklin House's Director Márcia Balisciano is joined by journalist and broadcaster Justin Webb to ask if American democracy is under threat. 

Meet our speakers and chair 

Justin Webb (@JustinOnWeb) is a journalist and broadcaster and an alumnus of LSE, where he edited The Beaver. He is former BBC North America Editor and is a presenter on Today on BBC Radio 4. 

Márcia Balisciano is the Founding Director of Benjamin Franklin House. She holds a Ph.D. in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chris Anderson (@soccerquant) is Professor in European Politics and Policy at the LSE European Institute. 

More about this event 

This event is hosted in partnership with Benjamin Franklin House, (@BFHouse) the world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin open to the public as a museum and educational facility.

The Department of Government (@LSEGovernment) is home to some of the most internationally respected experts in politics and government; producing influential research that has a global impact on policy, and delivering world-class teaching to our students. 

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