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Democracy in crisis

Monday 19 November 2018

The wave of popular discontent that led to the Brexit referendum in the UK and the election of Donald Trump as US President is fast becoming a full-blown crisis in democracy and the rule of law.

With populist leaders worldwide gaining a grip on power, this podcast considers the challenges facing traditional systems and legal institutions, and the importance of checks and balances to preserve democratic values.

  • Ken Clarke, former UK Chancellor, Home Secretary and Justice Secretary, assesses the chaotic and angry state of Brexit-era politics;
  • Romano Prodi, the 10th President of the European Commission, considers how a backlash against globalisation has led to the rise of populism worldwide; and
  • Jennifer Rubin, a right of centre columnist with The Washington Post, reflects on the serious challenge to democratic norms and values, particularly in the US.