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How do democracies change?

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Brexit has shown how easy it is for contemporary democracies to get stuck. But once we can see that they are no longer working, how easy is it to reinvent the way that they work? This lecture will explore the challenge of turning around failing democratic institutions without undermining the idea of democracy itself. As psychotherapists say: How can we change without changing?

About the speaker

David Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. His books include Political Hypocrisy, The Confidence Trap and How Democracy Ends. His next book Where Power Stops: The Making and Unmaking of Presidents and Prime Ministers is being published by Profile in August. He writes regularly about contemporary politics for the London Review of Books, where he is contributing editor, and he hosts the popular weekly podcast Talking Politics. He currently works with the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and in October 2019 will be launching the Centre for the Future of Democracy at the Bennett Institute in Cambridge.

This event is part of WOLFSON EXPLORES |Transformation| and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Talks & Events series.

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