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Is democratic politics broken?

Posted: 2013/12/01 | Author: UOJO


Oxford Academics in Japan – Lecture 5
Professor Arthur Stockwin
Emeritus Fellow, The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

Today, many people are disillusioned with political performance and policy outcomes in democratic states. Does this mean that our political systems are ‘broken’ and our societies no longer governable by democratic means? Some have compared the present period with that of the 1930s in Europe and Japan, but is this really justified in the early 21st century? The problems of democratic politics may well be deep-seated, but they require analysis focusing on changes occurring in geopolitics, the global economy, means of communication, governance and relations between the citizen and the State. Only then can we answer the question: ‘can democracy survive?’

Professor Arthur Stockwin OBE is Emeritus Fellow and Founding Director of the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford. His books on the politics of Japan are considered essential reading for students of Japan. He also holds numerous awards for his efforts to promote the understanding of Japan in the UK, including the Order of the Rising Sun, and the Japan Foundation Award for Japanese Studies.
This lecture is the fifth in the Oxford Academics in Japan series, in which we invite academics from all fields to talk to alumni and friends of the University. All are welcome.

Friday 17 January 2014

19:00 – 20:00 Lecture
UF Hall
Sanbancho UF Building 1F, 6-3 Sanbancho Chiyoda ku, Tokyo
This lecture is free of charge and will be delivered in English
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20:15 – 21:45 Reception
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