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Detoxing democracy: Brexit and the considered will of the British people

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Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre

King's Building

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Economist, entrepreneur and commentator Nicholas Gruen has been described as "Australia's foremost public intellectual". In this lecture hosted by the Policy Institute at King's, he will explore timely issues relating to democracy and the nature of modern politics in light of Brexit.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.



"Though material conditions played their part, the degradation of politics now so evident in the shock and awe of Brexit and Trump also reflect the way in which elections orient politics around political combat, rather than deliberation and problem solving. Yet Britain could use the ancient Athenian idea of selection by lot – choosing a cross-section of the public to deliberate together to complement elections – to turn its slow-motion crisis into the rebirth of democracy, moving it from government according to the will of the people, and towards the richer, safer notion of government according to the considered will of the people."

– Nicholas Gruen


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