PODCAST | The False Friends of Democracy – Professor Nadia Urbinati

Nadia Urbinati, one of Italy’s most distinguished scholars, analyses the main forces that are nowadays tearing apart more than a few democracies around the world, Italy included. In an unusual twist, she concentrates less on the overt enemies of democracy than on those who pose as its friends: for instance, technocrats wedded to expert procedures; demagogues who make glib appeals to ‘the people’, and media platforms bent on turning politics into a sensational spectator sport and citizens into fans of opposing teams.

Presented as part of Sydney Ideas with Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) and Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC)on 17 April 2018: sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne…-truth-people.html

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