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Politics & International Relations: Democracy, Referenda & Brexit

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New College of the Humanities

19 Bedford Square

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Democracy, Referenda & Brexit

An interactive lecture by Dr Callum Barrell, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at New College of the Humanities.

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Lecture starts 6:15pm

This talk will explore the legitimacy of the Brexit vote in the context of modern representative politics. It is concerned less with the merits and failures of Brexit, and more with the implications of referenda-stye politics in which the people, not Parliament, are considered sovereign.

The Brexit referendum was a confusion. It brought together two conflicting theories of democratic legitimacy and transformed, possibly for good, citizens' expectations of their representatives. So where do we go from here? Was Brexit a ‘one off’ or are referenda politics here to stay? If so, how can we bring them into the fold of our democratically elected parliament, which, almost by definition, opposes the direct exercise of popular sovereignty by a mass of citizens?

Dr Barrell is a Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations Faculty, teaching the courses of Modern Political Thought and International Political Theory. He also teaches the course ‘Universal Man: Global Citizenship in Western Political Thought, c. 1750-1850’ on the Global Politics MSc.


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