In Defence Of Politics

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0120110926

This is the first of a three-part series presented from a personal viewpoint in which Professor Matthew Flinders challenges fashionable political cynicism and presents the case for defending politics.

In this episode he explores the 'expectations gap' between the challenges an inconsistent and demanding public pose for politicians and what they can reasonably be expected to deliver.

Interviewees include Tony Blair and John Bercow.

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at Sheffield University.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

Prof Matthew Flinders challenges fashionable cynicism and looks for the good in politics.

0220111003

In this three-part series Matthew Flinders challenges political cynicism.

He investigates its causes, explores why it is now so fashionable, questions whether it is a simplistic and glib response to a complex and difficult world, and asks what should be done about it.

Interviewees include Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, John Bercow and Ian Hislop.

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at Sheffield University.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

Prof Matthew Flinders challenges fashionable cynicism and looks for the good in politics.

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Prof Matthew Flinders questions the drive to decry politics and exclude politicians from certain decisions.

He explores the obstacles for those who might want a career in politics.

And he argues that politics is a force for good.

Interviewees include Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, John Bercow, John Redwood, William Waldegrave and Alastair Campbell.

Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at Sheffield University.

This is the third part of his series in which he presents his personal viewpoint challenging political cynicism and defending the role of politics in our society.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

Matthew Flinders argues against the drive to reduce the scope of politics.