Global Cambridge in Edinburgh
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The event begins with a drink on arrival, followed by an introduction from Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell and a discussion on the future for democracy in a post-2016 world. It concludes with a drinks reception.
Dr Jeremy Green will be addressing the question: 'can democracy survive an era of economic stagnation?' The election of Donald Trump in the US and the UK's vote to leave the EU are distinctive but related phenomena: they were influenced by disillusionment with the status quo of modern democratic politics and the political class. Political analysts have been remarking on the crisis of democracy for some time. But what explains the synchronised rise of populist insurgencies and democratic shocks in recent years? A prolonged period of post-crisis economic stagnation in the West, characterised by slow growth and stalling wages, provides an important shared context. Looking at the relationship between democracy and capitalism helps us understand the challenges that we currently face. How can democracy regain popular confidence in an age of increased economic uncertainty?
About the Global Cambridge series
We’re visiting a selection of cities from around the world to bring together alumni to connect, engage and inspire. The series will showcase how Cambridge research is trail-blazing the path to new discoveries, ideas and inventions. In 2017, we'll have alumni events in Bristol, Edinburgh, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Leeds and Paris as well as a selection of other locations around the world.
Professor Duncan Maskell
Professor Maskell is Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, with responsibility for Planning and Resources. From 2013 to 2015 he served as Head of the School of Biological Sciences, and is the Marks and Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science and Food Safety. He leads a large research group focussing on bacterial infections of livestock and people.
Professor Maskell is a Fellow of Wolfson College.
Professor Catherine Barnard
Professor Barnard is Professor of European Union Law and the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law in the Faculty of Law. Her research interests include European Union Law, labour and discrimination law, and competition law. She is co-director of the Centre for European Legal Studies at Cambridge.
Professor Barnard is a Fellow of Trinity College.
Dr Jeremy Green
Dr Green is a University Lecturer in International Political Economy, in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). His research spans political economy and historical sociology, with a specific focus on the global political economy. He was previously Lecturer in Politics at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol.
Dr Green is a Fellow of Jesus College.
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