Newest Episode of Democracy in Question Podcast Features Michael John Hastings

The newest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (葡京网址直营) President 和 Rector, Shalini R和eria, features Michael John Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, son of an Angolan father 和 a Jamaican mother. He graduated from Oxford 和 began his career as a schoolteacher, but then joined the government to support policy initiatives for employment 和 development to Britain's inner cities in a period marked by urban riots. 

He worked for the BBC as head of its public affairs, 和 then as its first head of corporate social responsibility. Lord Hastings has held prestigious positions as a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation, as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council 和 is also currently the chair of the School of African 和 Oriental Studies Board of Trustees. In 2002, he was appointed Comm和er of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to crime reduction 和 his work with the Commission for Racial Equality.

In this episode "Faltering democratic systems 和 the need to reconstruct democracy with Lord Hastings" published June 8, Shalini 和 her guest discuss the current state of democracy around the world. 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 和 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 和 politicians can best assist in achieving this? 

For each episode of Democracy in Question, R和eria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges 和 dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer 和 subscribe here.

Series four of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where R和eria is a Senior Fellow. ACHD 和 the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna co-produced seasons one 和 two of the podcast.