Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Book Launch. Rethinking Democracy: Populism, Post-democracy and the Politics of Resentment

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 18.00 - 19.30, Hilda Clark 2/3 Friends House, 173 - 177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

Democratic politics is once again under attack – this time from populist nationalists, authoritarian rulers and new forms of political communication.

It was not meant to be like this. Join us at the fourth launch event for Rethinking Democracy, an important new collection of essays edited by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright, in which leading academics explores the problems of democracy and suggests ways it might now be extended and deepened.

Colin Crouch (Emeritus Professor of the University of Warwick) will evaluate the threats to liberal democracy posed by xenophobic populist movements, including Brexit; Sarah Childs (Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck) will explore the challenge that feminism brings to the theory and practice of representative democracy; and Gerry Stoker (Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton) will discuss why resentment has become a prime but negative vehicle for expressing politics, and what might be done to challenge that development. Jason Edwards (Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck) will chair the event.

This event is jointly hosted by the Political Quarterly, the Department of Politics and the Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life. Copies of Rethinking Democracy will be onsale at a special discounted price.

Please note: this is a free event, which means we overbook to allow for no-shows and to avoid empty seats. While we generally do not have to turn people away, this does mean we cannot guarantee everyone a place. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

Additional reading:

Rethinking Democracy, edited by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright (Political Quarterly Monograph Series, 2019)

Post-Democracy: Does Populism Have a Place in Britain?, Colin Crouch, (LSE Policy and Politics, 2019)

Reserve your place here.