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08 August 2017 | NatCen - Head Office

David Goodhart: The Road to Somewhere

Series: Eat, drink, think

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Join us over pizza and beer to hear David Goodhart discuss his book 'The Road to Somewhere', an investigation of the new global politics.

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Several decades of greater economic and cultural openness in the West have not benefited all our citizens. Among those who have been left behind, a populist politics of culture and identity has successfully challenged the traditional politics of Left and Right, creating a new division: between the mobile ‘achieved’ identity of the people from Anywhere, and the marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This schism accounts for the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe.

David Goodhart’s compelling investigation of the new global politics reveals how the Somewhere backlash is a democratic response to the dominance of Anywhere interests, in everything from mass higher education to mass immigration.

David Goodhart is a journalist, author and think tanker - currently head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine and the former director of the centre-left think tank Demos. His book “The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration” was runner up for the Orwell book prize. In his new book (a Sunday Times bestseller) “The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics”, Goodhart identifies the value divisions in British society that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.

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