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Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE assesses the state of democracy in the contemporary world. Noting recent developments in the Arab world, he offers a cautiously optimistic prognosis based in part on his view that the future will be written not by political elites, but by the people themselves.
Bogdanor is a Research Professor at the Institute of Contemporary History, King's College, London and former Professor of Government at Oxford University. One of Britain's foremost constitutional experts and adviser to a number of governments, he is the author of numerous books and a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press. This paper was given as the Morris and Manja Leigh Memorial Lecture on 22 November 2011 in London under the auspices of JPR.