SPERI hosts launch event for Andrew Gamble’s new book ‘Rethinking Democracy’

On June 18th we were very pleased to host a book launch for Professor Andrew Gamble’s new book ‘Rethinking Democracy.’

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.

At the public launch event, jointly hosted by SPERI and the Political Quarterly Andrew Gamble outlined the book’s core theme of why our democracy needs rethinking. He argued that democracy is not a single event but a process, and won’t endure without widespread belief in its value. You can read more about the book in a blog by Andrew and Tony Wright for Political Quarterly which is available here.

At the launch we were also joined by Alan Finlayson (Professor of Political & Social Theory, University of East Anglia) who reflected on how digital media are affecting political rhetoric and political ideologies, and Jackie Harrison (Professor of Public Communication, University of Sheffield) who discussed the changing role and power of the news in shaping political communication. Michael Jacobs (Professorial Research Fellow at SPERI and former Editor of Political Quarterly) chaired the discussion which was followed by a public Q&A session.