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Sunday, 24 June 2012

PPP4 - Politics, Democracy, and Representation

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POSITIVE POLITICS PODCAST EPISODE 4: POLITICS, DEMOCRACY, AND REPRESENTATION.

In this episode, Joel and Neil explore the parlous state of democracy in Britain and the United States today. Joel talks about money and power in British politics, giving the example of the recently passed Health and Social Care Act that effectively condemns the UK National Health Service to privatisation. With help from David Cameron, Neil reflects on how politics today is little more than a 'spectacle'. Prof Inderjeet Parmar highlights the limits to American democracy, emphasising the anti-democratic consequences of highly concentrated wealth. Finally, Prof Archon Fung offers hope by giving examples from around the world of pro-democratic changes that have been both driven from below and implemented from above.

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