The life & death of democracy:

On the occasion of the publication of the history of democracy, the Evatt Foundation proudly presents:

The Life & Death of Democracy

An address by John Keane

Introduced by Christopher Sheil

This is a public event. Note that numbers are limited and booking is strongly recommended


Now published, John Keane's The Life and Death of Democracy will inspire and shock its readers. Presenting the first grand history of democracy for well over a century, it poses tough and timely questions and confronts its readers with an entirely fresh and irreverent look at the past, present and future of democracy. Do not miss this only public address in Sydney by the author on his Australian tour.

'A masterpiece of historical writing.'
- Ralph Dahrendorf

'a standard and influential text for years to come.'
- Anthony Giddens

'the publishing event of the summer.'
- David Aaronovitch, London Times

About John Keane

Born in Australia and educated at the Universities of Adelaide, Toronto and Cambridge, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). In 1989 he founded the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD). Among his many books are The Media and Democracy (1991), which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages; Democracy and Civil Society (1988; 1998); Reflections on Violence (1996); Civil Society: Old Images, New Visions (1998); the prize-winning biography Tom Paine: A Political Life (1995); and a study of power in twentieth century Europe, Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts (1999). Among his most recent works are Violence and Democracy (2004), and Global Civil Society? (2003).

In recent years, he has held the prestigious Karl Deutsch Professorship in Berlin and served as a Fellow of the influential London-based think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He was recently awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (more here). The Times of London has ranked him as one of Britain's leading political thinkers and writers whose work has "a world-wide importance". The Australian Broadcasting Commission recently described him as 'one of the great intellectual exports from Australia'.

His current research interests include the future of global governance; fear, violence and democracy; citizenship and civil society in Europe; the history of secularism; public life and freedom of communication in the digital age; eighteenth-century republicanism; the origins and future of representative government; and the philosophy and politics of Islam.

A consultant to the United Nations and the Evolution of Global Values project at the University of Leiden and a recent member of the American-based Institutions of Democracy Commission, he has just completed this full-scale history of democracy - the first for over a century and the subject of a 3-part BBC Radio series to be transmitted in late 2010.

"the first grand history of democracy for well over a century"

When: Tuesday 25 August 5.30 p.m.
Where: NSW Parliament House Theatrette
Cost: $10 ($5 concession)

About this address

This address is a further contribution to the debate that commenced with the staging of the Evatt Foundation's Festival of Ideas: Dialogue on Democracy! in Launceston on 14-15 November 2008. You can read more about the Evatt Foundation and democracy by clicking on the following links: