Engaging with the Deep State: a Comparative Perspective on Truth, Power, and Bureaucracy

Friday, October 16, 2020 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Friday, October 16, 2020 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

‘Deep state’ has lately been deployed as a pejorative slogan for bureaucratic opposition to Trump’s policies. In fact, the ‘deep state’ concept has many incarnations, both in the U.S. (‘military-industrial complex’, ‘shadow elite’) and abroad (the Gülen movement in Turkey, Romania’s ‘parallel state’, etc.). This roundtable attempts to go beyond conspiratorial polemics and inquires whether the deep state concept can be a useful analytical tool for understanding internal factions and opposition to the established state apparatus. Are there ‘good bureaucracies’ which can prevent the abuses of authoritarian political regimes?

John Borneman, Princeton University
Lance Larkin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nazli Ozkan, Koç University
Steve Sampson, Lund University
Klavs Sedlenieks, Riga Stradiņš University
Sarbani Sharma, University of Tübingen
Janine Wedel, George Mason University

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Co-sponsors: European Union Program at Princeton and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination

Sponsored by
Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society