Talk from Nic Cheeseman: The Threat to Democracy, and How to Save It

Arts - Lecture Room 7 (LR7)
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Friday 19th October 2018 (15:15-16:15)
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Democracy is under threat. From populist leaders who challenge liberal values, to authoritarian leaders who have worked out how to rig elections, the picture is bleak.

Although more elections are being held than ever before, the world has become less democratic for 12 years in a row. In this talk, Professor Nic Cheeseman will explain why democracy is in decline and what can be done about it. Fresh from appearing at the How the Light Gets in Festival of Ideas at Hay, and on the BBC's flagship discussion programme Start the Week, Nic has spent the last decade watching the struggle for democracy first-hand and his talk will draw on stories from around the world. His recently released book How to Rig an Election, co-authored by Brian Klaas, has been described as 'Clear, punchy, and potentially revolutionary', and 'Essential reading for everyone who wants to get democracy right again.' Find out why on the 19th October at Book to the Future festival.

Professor Nic Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy and International Development at the University of Birmingham and the author of Democracy in Africa (2015). As well as being the former editor of the Journal of African Affairs, the #1 ranked journal in Area Studies, Professor Cheeseman is the founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Politics, the Oxford Dictionary of African Politics, and the co-editor of the Handbook of Kenyan Politics. Professor Cheeseman regularly appears in the media discussing electoral politics and democracy, including the BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and The Times.