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Wednesday 23 October: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Wolfson College, Lee Hall, Barton Road, CB3 9BB

The Lee Hall is fully booked for this event but we invite you to Wolfson College to enjoy a livestream of the event to be shown on a large screen in the Seminar Room, Jack King Building, for which a limited number of tickets is available.

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?

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.

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Age: 16+, Talk, Arrive on time, FREE