Power to the People?

British politics is in turmoil following the EU referendum result, and the American political establishment has been turned upside down by the rise of populist candidates. Is this a sign that democratic institutions are being successfully wrested from the grip of established elites, or that democracy itself is in crisis? Join Owen Bennett Jones and his panel of experts as they discuss whether there's a better way of doing democracy - and whether we should still be promoting it worldwide as the best form of government.

(Picture shows ballot boxes in the United States. Credit: Getty Images)

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50 minutes

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Sat 9 Jul 2016 10:06 GMT
BBC World Service Online, Americas and the Caribbean, UK DAB/Freeview only


Dr Roslyn Fuller - author of Beast and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose

John Githongo - anti-corruption campaigner, founder-Executive Director of Transparency International, Kenya.

William Galston - senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington. Former White House policy advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - a Labour member of Britain's House of Lords. Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford University

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