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Recreating the Public Sphere

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs

Vera Anstey, Old Building, LSE, United Kingdom

Speakers

Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk

Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Sophie Gaston

Sophie Gaston

Demos think tank

Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev

LSE-IGA Arena

Chair

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

LSE-IGA Arena

"Recreating the public sphere" is the first event of LSE-IGA Arena's "Is this the New Normal?" democracy doubleheader.

Yascha Mounk and Sophie Gaston in conversation with LSE IGA's Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev on: polarisation, democratic decline, the disintegration of the public sphere - and what we should do about it.

The evening will kick off with an overview of Yascha Mounk's new book: "The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It", in which he addresses the dwindling trust in politics. Citizens are falling out of love with their political system. Democracy is wilting away. Drawing on vivid stories and original research, Mounk identifies three key drivers of voters’ discontent: stagnating living standards, fears of multiethnic democracy, and the rise of social media. People vs. Democracy is the first book to go beyond a mere description of the rise of populism. In plain language, it describes both how we got here and where we need to go. For those unwilling to give up on either individual rights or the popular will, Mounk shows, there is little time to waste: this may be our last chance to save democracy.

Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum), LSE IGA Professor in Practice and co-founder of Arena. Anne is a journalist and prize-winning historian with a particular expertise in the history of communism and the experience of post-communist “democratization” in the Soviet Union and central Europe. She runs 'Arena', a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda, and is building the Transformation Lab, a program focused on the political and economic transformation of individual countries.

Sophie Gaston (@sophgaston) Deputy Director of Demos think tank, based in London. She founded and leads Demos' International Research programme and conducts major citizen-focused projects on social and cultural crises, political change and populism, the media and democracy. Sophie also oversees the organisation’s external affairs, and is the editor of the organisation’s Demos Quarterly journal. She holds a master's degree in political communication and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk), Executive Director, Renewing the Centre at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard, a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America and an Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. A weekly columnist for Slate, a monthly columnist for CNN, a regular contributor to Die Zeit, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. His latest book, The People VS. Democracy, was published earlier this year by Harvard University Press and has been translated into six languages.

Peter Pomerantsev (@peterpomeranzev), LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow and co-founder of Arena. He is an author and TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSENewNormal

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