Book Forum

Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

February 14, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring the author Nils Karlson, Author; President of the Ratio Institute, Sweden; and Associate Professor at Uppsala University; with comments by John Samples, Vice President and Director of the Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute; moderated by Ian Vásquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

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How can advanced democracies modernize their economies and reform their welfare states? Drawing on the successful experiences of Sweden and Australia, Nils Karlson will explain the ways in which competing political parties can promote more dynamic economies and more flexible and open societies. He will discuss how distinct reform strategies, the development of new ideas, and policy entrepreneurship can overcome barriers to reform. John Samples will discuss the book’s relevance to the rise of populism, overregulation, chronic budget deficits, and other features of many modern welfare states.