The Problem with Democracy
October 7, 2014
The Academy is delighted to announce a new public lecture series in collaboration with the British Library, replacing the highly successful ‘Myths and Realities’ series which completed last year.
Wednesday 26 Nov 2014, 18.30-20.00
Where: Terrace Restaurant
Price: £8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5
In this lecture Prof. Matthew Flinders FAcSS, University of Sheffield and author of Defending Politics, discusses ‘the problem with democracy’. Does the apparent shift from healthy scepticism to corrosive cynicism have more to do with our unrealistic expectations of politics than a failure of democratic politics? Do the problems with democracy – if they exist – tell us more about a failure on the part of the public to understand politics rather than a failure of politicians to understand us? Maybe ‘the problem’ with democracy is not that it is in short supply but that we have too much of it?
Through examining these issues Professor Flinders will suggest new ways of thinking about politics to ensure not the death but the life of democracy. The evening will be chaired by the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell CBE, Director of the Institute for Government.
The event is followed by a pay bar until 21.00.
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