Contemporary democracies are ill-equipped to embed the long-term thinking necessary to realise the SDGs. This lecture will review the determinants of short-termism within democracies and examine strategies and proposals for reform. To what extent is short-termism ‘baked in’ to the institutions and practices of democracy? How might democratic institutions be restructured to more effectively realise the SDGs?
The lecture makes the case for a more extensive participatory strategy to ameliorate short-termism and to respond more effectively to the SDG agenda.
Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster and Chair of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
This lecture is part of the Sussex Development Lecture series: Achieving the SDGs: Synergies and Tensions.
This lecture will be streamed live to the IDS Facebook page.
Please note you need to register to attend and spaces are limited. Entry will be on a first come first served basis.