Democracy is feeling the strain everywhere. What might happen next? How bad could it get?
Worst-case scenarios for democracy - especially since the election of President Trump - usually hark back to how democracy has failed in the past. Do we risk going back to the 1930s? No - if democracy fails in the twenty-first century it will be in ways that are new and surprising. The decline of violence, the ageing of our societies and the rise of digital technology all mean that we need to look beyond the experiences of the twentieth century if we are to understand how democracy might end.
Prof. David Runciman, University of Cambridge
David Runciman is Professor of Politics and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge. His recent books include Political Hypocrisy and The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis (both Princeton). His is next book is called How Democracy Ends (Profile). He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books and is the host of the popular weekly podcast Talking Politics.
The lecture was preceded by a short presentation from a CSAR PhD Student Award winner
A slides and audio recording of Saif Ahmad's presentation is available on YouTube
Saif Ahmad - Inhibiting cancer development
Herewith a song inspired by Runciman’s London review of Books Essay by the Same Title: “How Democracy Ends” by former CSAR Speaker Lawrence Sherman at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2UMP3goofc
Fluent, highly knowledgeable - unexpectedly gripping for a speaker with no visual aids. Not quite on the usual track of CSAR lecture subjects but refreshing for being different.
A brilliant and thought provoking lecture
One of the best CSAR talks in the last 20 years
This was one of the best public lectures I have had the pleasure of attending.
The most stimulating CSAR lecture for some time. Impressive performance without notes, full of ideas and also entertaining.