book launch

Professor James Allan

The University of Auckland Business School invites you to the launch of Professor James Allan’s new book, Democracy in Decline.

Democracy in Decline charts how democracy is being diluted and restricted in five of the world’s oldest democracies – the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Professor Allan targets four main, interconnected causes of decline – judicial activism, the transformation and growth of international law, the development of supranational organisations, and the presence of undemocratic elites.

He presents a convincing argument that the same trends are occurring whether the country has a constitutional bill of rights (United States and Canada), a statutory bill of rights (the United Kingdom and New Zealand), or no bill of rights at all (Australia).

Identifying tactics used by lawyers, judges and international bureaucrats to deny that any decline has occurred, Professor Allan looks ahead to further deterioration caused by attacks on free speech, intolerant worldviews, internationalisation through treaties and conventions, and illegal immigration. Social and political decisions, Professor Allan argues, must be based on counting every adult in a nation state as equal.

Professors Allan’s lecture will be of interest to anyone concerned with majority rule and fairness in numbers.

About the speaker

Professor Allan is the Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Originally from Canada, he practised law at a large firm in Toronto followed by the Bar in London before moving to teach law in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.

He has published widely in the areas of constitutional law, legal philosophy and bill of rights scepticism. He is also a regular contributor to The Australian, The Spectator Australia and Quadrant. He was elected to the Mont Pelerin Society in 2011.

Professor Allan worked in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago for 11 years from 1993 to 2004. During that time he was a regular contributor to the National Business Review.

Register for the book launch.

Please register by Monday 12 May 2014
Event Details
Speaker: Professor James Allan
Date: Tuesday 13 May 2014
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School

Lecture Theatre OGGB4, Level 0,
Owen G Glenn Building,
12 Grafton Road, Auckland


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4 thoughts on “Book Launch: Democracy in Decline

  1. Sadly for New Zealand we can probably add MMP politics and the formation of governments by coalition to that list of contributing factors.

  2. where can we obtain a copy of the book? Will it be for sale at Whitcoulls or Paper Plus etc or an obscure publishing house like other so called controversial topics to keep it from the masses.

    1. Hi Mark
      You should be able to get it at Whitcoulls. It was in the top 5 best sellers of their non-fiction selection.

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