Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order, until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date.
Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes as Trump, Brexit and paranoid populism have become a reality.
David Runciman, one of the UK's leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising us on what could come next.
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- Holmes-Smith, Mary
Thank you Podcasts for being, so that I was able to look out across the choppy waters and see this sea otter rolling around every week on Talking Politics. I am happy that, in a small arc of a small story, I am allowed to share such considered, effortful thought that allows me to breathe in breathless places. Thank you, David Runciman, for being an exceptional teacher: clear, humble, balanced and full of good humour, especially as I too had just finished The Plot Against America (of course, I understand, this is no coincidence!).