Event / Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford

Blackwell’s presents David Goodhart on “The Road to Somewhere”

3 May 2017 – 19:00

Blackwell’s is delighted to present David Goodhart, founder of Prospect Magazine and a distinctive voice in British political writing today, to discuss his new book “The Road to Somewhere”.

As right-wing politics gains influence around the world, Goodhart examines the causes and implications of this shift in viewpoint, and how the previous decades in Britain’s history have led up to Brexit and what this can mean in the future.

Greater economic and cultural openness in the West has not worked for all citizens. Among those who’ve benefitted least, a populist politics of culture and identity has risen to challenge the traditional politics of left and right, creating a new division: between the mobile ‘achieved’ identity of the people from Anywhere, and the more marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This value divide helps to account for the Brexit vote in Britain, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe. David Goodhart’s framework for understanding contemporary politics shows how the Somewhere backlash is a democratic response to the dominance of Anywhere interests in everything from mass higher education to mass immigration and the EU. Goodhart explores the political and moral intuitions that are sharply dividing Brexit Britain, and offers a proposal for a new political settlement.

This is a free event, but registration is required.

The Road to Somewhere
The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics
Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford
51 Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BQ