Picture of Professor Matthew FlindersThe Problem with Democracy

The podcast from Professor Matthew Flinders’ public lecture about the problem with democracy at the British Library in late 2014 is now available.

Professor Flinders gave the first in a series of major public lectures at the British Library, in a series called ‘Enduring Ideas’. He examined a series of issues, such as:

  • Does the apparent shift of 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?

The podcast is now available in full here.