The Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy, directed by Professor Nancy Bermeo, was formally launched on Friday 16 May 2008 with a one day conference entitled ‘Democracy and Inequality: Old Questions, New Agendas’, held in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Head of Department Neil MacFarlane opened the event, followed by Joe Foweraker, Giovanni Capoccia and Des King who respectively led roundtables on, Democracy’s Effect on Inequalities, Democracy and Inequalities in India, Ghana and Brazil and finally, Inequality’s Effects on Democracy and Democratization. The day culminated with a roundtable reuniting Philippe Schmitter with Oxford’s Guillermo O’Donnell and Laurence Whitehead who started a new wave of scholarship on democratization in 1978 with their co-authored, path-breaking Transitions from Authoritarian Rule. About 100 participants from the UK, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the USA attended the launch and participated in discussions over coffee, lunch, and a reception at the end of the day. Nancy Bermeo was especially glad to have so many Oxford graduate students attend the event and interact with faculty and visitors.
Head of Department Neil Macfarlane
Guillermo O’Donnell, Philippe Schmitter and LaurenceWhitehead