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What's so good about democracy?

This year's Christmas Lecture will be presented by Professor John Keane. This entertaining & controversial lecture will show why virtually all of the traditional arguments for democracy no longer ring true

Dundee Christmas Lecture
Saturday 5th December, 6pm Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee


Professor John Keane, University of Westminster

We fight wars to defend it, vote to uphold it and pride ourselves upon the benefits it brings us. But [when all’s said and done,] what's really so good about democracy? With a General Election just around the corner, John Keane’s entertaining, wide-ranging and controversial public lecture will show why virtually all of the traditional arguments for democracy no longer ring true - and why, in the early years of the 21st-century, we need to think again, in new and imaginative ways, about an old ideal that is now breeding enemies around the world.

John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). The Times of London has ranked him as one of Britain's leading political thinkers and the Australian Broadcasting Commission recently described him as “one of the great intellectual exports from Australia”.

He has published many influential books and seen his work translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Professor Keane has just completed a full-scale history of democracy - the first for over a century and the subject of a 3-part BBC Radio series to be transmitted in late 2010.

The Christmas lecture is held in conjunction with Dundee City Council and was inaugurated in 2007 to commemorate the University’s 40th anniversary and its close relationship with the city of Dundee and its people.


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Date and Time:

5 December 2009 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



University of Dundee
01382 384021

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Drinks reception follows. Please note overflow theatres may be in use.

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