S04E08: Fal­ter­ing demo­c­ra­t­ic sys­tems and the need to recon­struct democracy

Episode Sum­ma­ry

Why is democ­ra­cy fal­ter­ing around the world even in coun­tries where it was pre­vi­ous­ly well estab­lished? Why an unelect­ed, non-demo­c­ra­t­ic body like the House of Lords has joined the debate on democ­ra­cy and is sound­ing off alarms? Can crises like Brex­it or the war in Ukraine encour­age the debate to rethink how democ­ra­cy works? What type of media and politi­cians can best assist in achiev­ing this?

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Dr Michael John Hast­ings, Lord Hast­ings of Scaris­brick CBE. He began his career as a teacher at a Lon­don Com­pre­hen­sive school but after a few years took up a gov­ern­ment job and sup­port­ed pol­i­cy ini­tia­tives to bring employ­ment and devel­op­ment to Britain’s inner cities in a rough peri­od marked by urban riots. He went to work for the BBC as pre­sen­ter and lat­er joined the BBC Cor­po­rate Divi­sion, after which he became the head of its Pub­lic Affairs, and then its first head of Cor­po­rate Social Respon­si­bil­i­ty. In 2002, he was appoint­ed CBE (Com­man­der of the Order of the British Empire) in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vices to crime reduc­tion, includ­ing two decades of serv­ing as a trustee and chair­man of Crime Con­cern, and nine year of work with the Com­mis­sion for Racial Equal­i­ty. In 2005, he became a cross­bencher life peer in the House of Lords.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.