Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran

Are We Losing the Battle for Democracy?

Coleridge Series/
Tue 05 February 2019

Ece Temelkuran

Are We Losing the Battle for Democracy?

Ece Temelkuran
Tue 05 February 2019,

Populism and nationalism don’t march fully-formed into government; they creep. Is democracy in serious decline? Is dictatorship on the rise? Could it happen here? If so – how do we spot the signs? Ece Temelkuran, one of Turkey’s best-known political commentators, has reported on democracy worldwide. She heard ‘it couldn’t happen here’ on the night of the Brexit vote; when Trump won in America (against chants of ‘Build that Wall’ and ‘Lock her up’); and when Erdoğan rigged elections, rebuilt the economy around cronyism, and labelled his opposition as terrorists in Turkey. The wave has continued with a populist government elected in Italy and severe restrictions on democracy and freedom in Hungary and Poland.

Temelkuran now offers a guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe – before it’s too late. She identifies the early-warning signs of this phenomenon, which is sprouting up across the world from the West and Eastern Europe to South America, defining a global pattern and providing solutions to reversing this.

Find links to background reading for this event on the Ece Temelkuran blog page.

This event is part of our annual Coleridge Series, inspired by Coleridge’s wide-ranging and radical lectures in Bristol in the 1790s.

Image credit Muhsin Akgun

 

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