The Problem with Democracy: Public Lecture
Professor Matthew Flinders is due to discuss the problem with democracy in the first of a series of major public lectures at the British Library later this year.
Speaking at the Terrace Restaurant, London, on Wednesday 26 November 2014, between 6.30pm and 8pm, Professor Flinders will examine a series of issues, such as:
- Does the apparent shift from 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?
Through examining these issues, Professor Flinders will suggest new ways of thinking about politics to ensure not the death but the life of democracy. The evening will be chaired by the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell CBE, Director of the Institute for Government.