The political limits of expertise

As part of The Institute for Policy and Engagement’s public lecture series, Professor Helen Thompson will  discuss the role of experts in politics.

Over the past years senior politicians in the UK have called into question the role of experts in politics. Much of this view is linked to the Brexit debate and Michael Gove’s comment that ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’. But is it true that we have had enough experts? What role do experts play in public debate? Are experts and pundits able to shed any light on what might happen next in politics given that everything seems very uncertain?

Whether you are a well established academic who might be asking himself/herself similar questions and wonders how to navigate the complicated world of politics, or you are someone who might be concerned by the rise of fake news and wonders whom we can or should trust, come to this lecture where you’ll have a chance not only to hear from Professor Thompson herself but also to debate this issue and ask questions.

This event will take place 5.30-7pm on Thursday 24 October in A39 Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park. Professors Thompson’s talk will be followed by Q&A and a drinks reception open to all.

This is a free event, open to staff, students and members of the public.

For more information, and to book your place, please visit the event page.

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