Democracy From Below: A Book Dialogue with Dr Steven Klein (Kings) and Dr James Muldoon (Exeter)

Event time: Thursday, November 26th, 6 PM GMT via Zoom.


Event Description:


How have democratic movements achieved lasting, radical change? What can the Left learn from the history of democratic social movements? Please join James Muldoon (Exeter) and Steven Klein (KCL) for a discussion of their new books and the lessons for building democracy from below. Muldoon’s Building Power to Change the World: The Political Thought of the German Council Movement (Oxford UP 2020) carefully reconstructs the ideas and significance of the wave of revolutionary council democracy that arose after World War I, while Klein’s The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State (Cambridge UP 2020) examines how radical social movements have used welfare institutions to challenge structures of domination throughout society. Together, their books provide vital insights into the possibilities for democracy today.


A Zoom link will be emailed to all ticketholders.


  • Dr Steven Klein is a Lecturer of Political Theory in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London.


  • Dr James Muldoon is a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Exeter.