Theme: Government & Parliament | Content Type: Event

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

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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 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.

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)