Festival talks by Michael Crick

108. SULTAN OF SWING: THE LIFE OF DAVID BUTLER

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In 1945 Sir David Butler was the first to turn British constituency results into percentages, and thereby founded the science of psephology. Since then, Butler has shown everyone – from Winston Churchill to today’s millennials – not just how to analyse elections, but how to make sense of our democracy. Michael Crick will discuss with David Butler his remarkable life as the greatest analyst of British elections.

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103. TWISTING THE VOTE: RUSSIA AND THE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL ELECTION RIGGING

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Russian interference in foreign elections has been headline news since the US presidential elections in 2016, however this is not a new phenomenon and Russia is not alone in its efforts to influence the results of another country’s elections. Calder Walton, from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Joyce Hakmeh of Chatham House and Shaun Walker, the Guardian’s central and eastern Europe correspondent will shed light on international election rigging, past and present, chaired by Michael Crick.

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