The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea

A talk by Bill Emmott (editor of the Economist, 1993-2006)

Bill EmmottDate: Tuesday 21 November 2017

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Room MC001, Millennium City Building (MC), City Campus South (Wulfruna), WV1 1LY.

No Ticket Required. Open to the Public

Liberal democracies of the West are in decline. In his talk, based on his new book, the former editor-in-chief of the Economist magazine will explain what needs to radically change if they are to survive, recover and even thrive.

Emmott will argue that when faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth and solidifying power. We have seen it at various times in Japan, France and Italy and now it is infecting all of Europe and America, as the vote for Brexit in the UK has vividly shown.

This insularity, together with increased inequality threatens the future role of the West as a font of stability, prosperity and security. The biggest part of the problem Emmott will argue is that special interest groups such as bankers are accruing too much power and too great a share of the economic cake.

It is the moneyed elites, he will assert, that are the explanation for Trump, for Brexit and Le Pen.  They are true sources of the sense of inequality that is currently threatening the openness that has historically enabled us in the West to flourish.

About the speaker

Bill Emmott was the editor-in-chief of the Economist from 1993 to 2006, and is now a writer and consultant on international affairs. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, La Stampa and Nikkei Business. He is the author of several books, including 20:21 Vision: 20th-Century Lessons for the 21st Century (2003), Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade (2008) and Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future (2012).

The speaker will sign copies of his book after the talk at the discounted price of £12 (RRP £20). Please bring exact change.