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Toward Understanding: The 2022 Berggruen Governance Index

Jun 1 @ 10:30 am-1:30 pm

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In partnership with the Berggruen Institute. This event will be recorded and posted online.

About this event

Join us for lunch as we unveil a landmark project that analyzes the relationship between democratic accountability, state capacity and the provision of public goods to better understand why some countries fare better than others at providing a high quality of life.

10:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Addresses

  • Gary Segura, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Dawn Nakagawa, executive vice president of the Berggruen Institute

11:10 a.m. The 2022 Berggruen Governance Index

  • An overview by UCLA adjunct professor Helmut K. Anheier, former president of the Hertie School in Germany, and Markus Lang, a researcher for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Presentation of the visualization and analysis application by D. Vinay Dixit of Stamen, a San Francisco data visualization firm

11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

  • A discussion of democracy, public policy and global challenges featuring an esteemed panel of UCLA experts, including:
  • Alexandra Lieben of UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations (chair)
  • Steve Zipperstein, an attorney and lecturer in global studies at UCLA
  • Veronica Herrera, an associate professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs who studies political development in the Global South
  • Cesi Cruz, an assistant professor whose research intersects political science and economics at UCLA
  • Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld, an assistant professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs focusing on subnational conflict, statistics and advanced data analysis

12:00 p.m. Q & A with the audience
12:10 p.m. Closing Comments

  • Michael Storper, a professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and an internationally recognized urban geographer
  • Andrew Apter, a professor of history and anthropology at UCLA whose research expertise includes Afrocentric cultural dynamics

12:30 p.m. Outdoor Lunch


Public Transportation: Blue Bus and Metro

Ride-hailing Zones: Uber/Lyft designated locations available, for nearby locations and map visit bit.ly/uclaridehailing


Pay-by-space parking is available for $3.00 – $14.00 (1 hour – All Day) in Parking Structure 4: 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

COVID Protocols

UCLA COVID protocols are in alignment with guidance from the California and Los Angeles County public health departments and in some cases surpass state and county requirements.

  • Masking is required for attendees, including UCLA affiliates and external guests. Guests may remove their mask to eat or drink.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, or UCLA Symptom Monitoring Survey (SMS) clearance certificate will not be required.
  • Speakers/panelists may remove their mask while on stage.