Centre for the Future of Democracy launches next week

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The University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Democracy launches at the Bennett Institute next week (29 January 2020). It will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by democratic politics over the coming century.

Flier promoting launch of Centre for the Future of DemocracyAt the launch Dr Roberto Foa will answer the questions posed: “Is democracy in a global “crisis”? If so, how does the situation today compare to similar moments of doubt – Western Europe in the 1970s, or the emerging market financial crises of the late 1990s?? He will present key findings from his report on public satisfaction with democracy – across countries and regions from 1962 to 2020.

Profs David Runciman and Helen Thompson - from acclaimed podcast Talking Politics – will comment and respond.

Providing a definitive global perspective spanning five decades – Dr Foa’s report uses a unique dataset of over 9 million respondents, from more than 160 countries – combining publicly available datasets with specially-commissioned cross-country surveys from YouGov.

The event is free, but booking is essential.

Click here for further information on the Centre for the Future of Democracy.


Michael Ignatieff talk on the future of democracy- 12 February

The main January launch event will be followed by Michael Ignatieff talking on the future of democracy, on 12 February at the Babbage Lecture Theatre, followed by drinks at the Whale Café.

David Runciman talks to the writer, academic, politician and current head of the Central European University Michael Ignatieff about his life in politics and his hopes and fears for the future of democracy. From his experiences running to be Canadian prime minister to his recent battles with Victor Orban in Hungary over the fate of the CEU, from the rise of China to the threat of climate change, from Trump to Johnson and beyond, a wide-ranging conversation about what threatens democracy and what might be done to revive it.

This event is one of a series to launch Cambridge University’s new Centre for the Future of Democracy. Everyone welcome. Brought to you in conjunction with the Cambridge Literary Festival and the Talking Politics podcast. The event is free, but booking is essential.

Please arrive promptly - seats allocated on a first come first come first serve basis on the night.



The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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