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Former Editor of The Economist to present lecture on how Inequality Threatens our Democracies


The former editor of The Economist is to visit the University of Wolverhampton to give a talk on the decline of liberal democracies in the West.

Bill Emmott was Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious political magazine from 1993- 2006.

He will present a free lecture, based on his new book entitled “The Fate of the West: the battle to save the world’s most successful political idea”, on Tuesday, 21 November 2017.

The public lecture will take place in the University’s Millennium City Building, at the Wolverhampton City Campus, from 5.30pm and no ticket is required.

Chair in Security Studies, Professor George Kassimeris, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Bill Emmott to the University to share his insights at such tumultuous times for our political systems. In his talk, as in the book, he will argue that it is the moneyed elites that are the explanation for Trump, for Brexit and for Le Pen. They are the true sources of the sense of inequality that is currently threatening the openness that has historically enabled us in the West to flourish.”

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 author will sign copies of his book after the talk at the discounted price of £13 (RRP £20).

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Pic: Bill Emmott

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Date Issued: Thursday, 09 November 2017

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