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Democracy in crisis? The majority vote and populism

Olivier Christin, Professor of Modern History, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Date/Time: Thursday 5 October 2017, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The reasons why the majority vote is chosen in western democracies over many alternatives owes more to medieval practices than to Greek antecedents. Olivier Christin is director of the CEDRE (Centre Européen des Études Républicaines), a research centre for the study of Republicanism founded in November 2016 by President François Hollande and the minister of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. The CEDRE is hosted by the PSL (Research University Paris) and provides a venue for international exchange, the circulation of ideas and debates in schools and universities, as well as a point of contact between academics and the general public". In this lecture he will explore the current crisis in politics, the uneasiness with Trump, and with Brexit – hotly contested in spite of the majority vote and its long history. The questions that are now being asked of democracy are not new, and a better understanding of the majority vote may help us navigate these difficult times.