Date(s) - 23/11/2016
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Humber Lecture Theatre
The word “democracy” means different things to different people and in different places – can it really mean such different things? Is it always a good thing? Democracy in many places seems to be under threat from apathy, disillusion and populism: can it survive, and if so how?
This discussion will involve two distinguished experts with profound knowledge of the subject of democracy and political science who can offer revealing insights into this important question.
Short History of Democracy
Before we try to predict the future it is good to learn from the lessons of history. So Professor Matt Qvortrup will give a brief summary of the history of Democracy. He is Chair of Political Science in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at the University of Coventry. He believes political institutions and constitutions can improve the lives of all – especially those who are victims of war, poverty and other forms of hardship. He was a member of President Obama’s Special Envoy Team in Africa and served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
Does Democracy have a Future?
Professor Michael Saward will then consider what the future holds for democracy. Michael works in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. His key area of research is contemporary democratic theory. His work includes the book Enacting European Citizenship published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He is currently working on a range of issues, including performance and democratic representation; democratic designs; and the role of political ideas in practical political life.
Discussion with Audience
The audience will then have a chance to express their point of view and ask the two experts questions.
Booking is not necessary although it will guarantee you a seat.
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