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Oxford Debate: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Charisma Politics

Tamasin Cave and Elesa Zehndorfer Chaired by Stephen Law

Monday, 30 March 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Researcher, campaigner and author Tamasin Cave and physiologist Dr Elesa Zehndorfer discuss how lobbyists and charismatic populists manipulate us and whether they are corrupting our political systems and subverting democracy.

How are our emotions targeted by political rallies and campaigns and how can we best resist? What makes us vulnerable to such manipulation by the unscrupulous? One in five new Tory MPs have worked as lobbyists or in PR for corporate interests. Are lobbyists a force for good – allowing different interest groups to gain the ear of political decision-makers? Or are lobbyists for other nations and for big business, often working against the interests of the UK? Is your councillor being wined and dined by, and perhaps a little too cosy with, local corporate interests? And how can you tell?

Cave writes about corporate lobbying and is a researcher and campaigner at Spinwatch. She is the co-author with Andy Rowell of A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain.  Zehndorfer is the author of Evolution, Politics, and Charisma: Why Do Populists Win?, which argues that systematic targeting and manipulation of human physiology remain a cornerstone of all populist political campaigns. Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd