Speakers Program


From: Tuesday February 28, 2017, 2:00 pm

To: Tuesday February 28, 2017, 3:30 pm

The speakerwill be John Keane, Professor of  Politics at Sydney University.

No bookings - just turn up.  No charge.

The topic is "We the People: Why Populism is a Menace to Democracy"

Populism is everywhere on the rise. Why is this happening? Why are the peddlers of populism proving so popular? Are there deep forces driving the spread of their style of politics, and what, if anything, has populism to do with democracy? Is it its ‘essence’, as some maintain? Is the new populism therefore to be welcomed, harnessed and ‘mainstreamed’ in support of more democracy? Or is populism on balance politically dangerous, a cultish recipe for renewing what George Orwell once termed the ‘smelly little orthodoxies’ that feed big and bossy power?

Born in southern Australia, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). He's the co-founder and director of the Sydney Democracy Network (SDN).  Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, the Times of London has ranked him as a leading political thinker and writer whose work has ‘world-wide importance’. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has described him as “one of Australia’s great intellectual exports”. He writes a ‘Democracy Field Notes’ column for the London/Melbourne/New York-based web platform The Conversation. He wrote the timeline for the Museum of Australian Democracy. His Life and Death of Democracy was short-listed for the 2010 Non-Fiction Prime Minister’s Literary Award. It is the first full-scale history of democracy for over a century. Portuguese, Greek, Brazilian, Chinese and Japanese translations have appeared and Korean, Spanish and Arabic editions are on their way.





Waverton Community Hall

75 Bay Rd, Waverton NSW 2060

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