Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Rethinking Democracy: Populism, Post-democracy and the Politics of Resentment Podcast

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. The fourth launch event for Rethinking Democracy took place on 9 October 2019. The book is 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.

You can hear the lecture here.

Colin Crouch (Emeritus Professor of the University of Warwick) evaluated the threats to liberal democracy posed by xenophobic populist movements, including Brexit; Sarah Childs (Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck) explored 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) discussed 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) chaired the event.

This event was jointly hosted by the Political Quarterly, the Department of Politics and the Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life.

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)