Is Democracy in Decline?

121 Muirhead Tower
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Wednesday 14th March 2018 (15:00-16:30)
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Dr Mark Wenman (POLSIS)
Professor Nic Cheeseman (IDD)
Dr Karin Bottom (INLOGOV) 

Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century. Yet since the turn of the millennium its expansion has stalled.  Scholars have identified an ongoing and deepening ‘democratic recession’ over the past decade as the number of democratic states has remained static. Even in established democracies, trust and participation have declined and democratic norms are being eroded. In this seminar, leading scholars from POLIS, IDD and INLOGOV will ask whether democracy can withstand the challenges it faces from disengagement, illiberal populism, and the growing influence of autocratic states.

This is a joint special seminar with POLSIS, INLOGOV and IDD.

The POLSIS departmental seminar is a regular guest speaker event during the Autumn and Spring terms. The seminar provides a forum for leading academics to present up-to-the-minute research and work in progress to Birmingham scholars, and also brings students into contact with the most respected academics in their fields of study. The events are free to attend and open to all staff and students of the University. 

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