Saving Democracy from Politicians. Do We Need Professional Representatives?

Hosted by the Department of Government

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House


Professor Valentino Larcinese

Professor Valentino Larcinese


Professor Oriana Bandiera

Professor Oriana Bandiera

Is populism a threat to democracy? And aren’t technocracy and elitism also threats to democracy? Is there a trade-off between the competence and representativeness of politicians? The lecture tries to address these questions of paramount importance for contemporary democratic systems by using the experience of the 5 Star Movement in the Italian parliament as a case study. It shows that the 5 Star parliamentary group is socio-economically much more similar to the Italian population than other political parties. It also shows that inclusiveness is not associated with below-average legislative performance.  

Valentino Larcinese (@vlarcinese) is Professor in Public Policy, Department of Government, LSE.

Oriana Bandiera (@orianabandiera) is Professor of Economics and Director of STICERD, LSE.

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