ILA Podcast

Democracy – Are We a Brittle Twig or Supple Bamboo?

Maureen Metcalf Podcast Cover

with guest Matt Qvortrup


In this podcast, ILA Fellow Maureen Metcalf interviews #ILA2020Global plenary speaker, Matt Qvortrup on, “Democracy – Are We a Brittle Twig or Supple Bamboo?” Matt is a professor of political science at Coventry University. 

As a political scientist, Matt studies democracy – its evolution, and particularly how democracies decline.  In this edition of Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future, Matt shares with Maureen his perspective on the rise of populism across the world, how that leads to un-democratic leaders, then answers the question, “Is American democracy a brittle twig or a supple bamboo?”  He offers solutions, too; every strong democracy in history thrived on disparate points of view – and leaders who welcomed diverse opinions.

Guest Matt Qvortrup

Matt Qvortrup

Matt Qvortrup is a professor of political science at Coventry University. Described by the Financial Times as “a world authority on referendums,” he has published more than a dozen books on democracy and presented the BBC Program, “How to Kill a Democracy.” His most recent books include: Democracy on Demand: Holding Power to Account; Referendums and Ethnic Conflict; and Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured 30 years of experience in an award-winning series of books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture using Innovative Leadership techniques. 

Maureen shares her hard-won insights through public speaking, industry publications, interviews, and video presentations. She is a regular contributor to, host of the top international radio show, Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, and author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series. The series includes: Innovative Leadership FieldbookInnovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations; Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders; and Innovative Leadership for Health Care, among others.

She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

About Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. Leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: To bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve…growing your team, your business, and yourself! This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else. Become an innovative leader in your own right! 

Innovating Leadership is proud to partner with the International Leadership Association on a yearly series of episodes on global leadership with special ILA speakers, members, and guests. 

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