Rethinking Democracy, an important new collection of essays edited by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright, explores the problems of democracy and suggests ways it might now be extended and deepened. The collection investigates if democracy is an unfinished revolution and if democratic politics is currently in retreat; demonstrates how democratic politics is under attack from populist nationalists, authoritarian rulers and new forms of political communication, and argues that if we lose the art of active citizenship, we will lose the freedoms and the rights which democracy has bestowed.
On June 18th, at the launch, jointly hosted by SPERI and the Political Quarterly Andrew Gamble will outline the book’s core theme of why our democracy needs rethinking. Alan Finlayson (Professor of Political & Social Theory, University of East Anglia) will reflect on how digital media are affecting political rhetoric and political ideologies, and Jackie Harrison (Professor of Public Communication, University of Sheffield) will discuss the changing role and power of the news in shaping political communication.
Rethinking Democracy: book launch
ICOSS conference room. 219 Portobello. The University of Sheffield (map)
5.30 – 7.30pm. Tuesday June 18th 2019
The launch will be followed by a drinks reception. Copies of the book will be on sale at a special discounted price.
Andrew Gamble is a leading scholar in the fields of British politics and political economy. He has been a Professorial Fellow at SPERI since 2014. He first joined the University of Sheffield in 1973, and served as Head of the Department of Politics (1986-1992), Director of the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) (1999-2004) and as a Pro-Vice Chancellor (1994-98).
His most recent books are Can the Welfare State Survive? (2016) and Politics: Why it Matters (forthcoming 2019). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences and has been a joint editor of New Political Economy and Political Quarterly. In 2005 he received the Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies.