Theme: Government & Parliament | Content Type: Event

'Rethinking Democracy: Can Democracy Survive in the Digital Age?'

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About this event

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 for the second 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.

In this event, jointly hosted by the Political Quarterly and the Kings Policy Institute, Helen Margetts (Professor of Internet and Society at the University of Oxford) will discuss how social media might be used to stabilise political systems and contribute to democratic renewal, and Martin Moore (Senior Lecturer in Political Communication at Kings College London) will explore how we can protect democratic legitimacy in a digital age. Bobby Duffy (Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute, Kings College London) will chair the event.

Additional reading:

Rethinking Democracy’, Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright (Political Quarterly blog).

‘Rethinking Democracy with Social Media’ – Helen Margetts, Rethinking Democracy, ed by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright (Political Quarterly Monograph Series, 2019).

‘”Online harms” to our digital democracy are still being largely ignored Martin Moore (OpenDemocracy)