Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
8:30pm

Defending Democracy

with Michael Adams and David Moscrop
Hosted by Susan Riley

Defending Democracy

with Michael Adams and David Moscrop
Hosted by Susan Riley
2
Thursday
May
8:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
David Moscrop
Michael Adams

Confronted by income inequality, environmental catastrophe, terrorism and record levels of migration, voters all over the world are embracing far-right populism and channeling anger at the ballot box. What does this mean for democracy? In the era of Trump, Brexit, Isis and Bolsonaro, what does the future hold for Canada? 

 

In Could It Happen Here?: Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit, pollster and social values researcher Michael Adams takes Canadians into the examining room to see whether we are at risk of coming down with the malaise affecting other Western democracies. Drawing on major social values surveys of Canadians and Americans in 2016—as well as decades of tracking data in both countries—Adams examines our economy, institutions and demographics.

 

In Too Dumb for Democracy?: Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones, journalist David Moscrop argues that the political decision-making process has never been more important. In fact, our survival may depend on it.

Drawing on both political science and psychology, he examines how our brains, our environment, the media, and institutions influence decision-making. Making good decisions is not impossible, Moscrop argues, but the psychological and political odds are sometimes stacked against us. In this readable and provocative investigation of our often-flawed decisions, Moscrop explains what's going wrong in today's political landscape and how individuals, societies, and institutions can work together to set things right.

 

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