Populism’s recent surge across the West should not have been a surprise. Storm clouds had been gathering for some time, in the shape of ever more polarized and nostalgic electorates, and widening inequality, argues the Financial Times’ Edward Luce. Nor should we take the eventual resumption of more enlightened politics for granted, with liberal democracy under greater strain than at any time in recent history. What kind of world will emerge if the nations of the democratic West cannot defend their own liberal values and institutions? In this age of rapid change and insecurity, how can forward-looking, centrist leaders regain the initiative?
Copies of Edward Luce’s new book The Retreat of Western Liberalism will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar