Democracy in crisis


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.