Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist, political economist, and writer.
The assumption that “people vote with their pocketbooks” dismisses identity politics; after all, nationalism and populism aren’t rooted solely in economic theory. Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at Stanford University and Mosbacher Director at The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how culture impacts a democracy. His book “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and The Politics of Resentment” is newly out in paperback.
The phrase ‘identity politics’ has come to be used as a sort of political insult. It’s a short way of accusing someone of pandering to voters – based on race, religion or gender. From white nationalists and Donald Trump, to the politics of liberation and demands for equal rights, it feels like everyone is playing identity politics these days. Conflicts between identity groups now dominate our politics. How did we get here? Is the rise of identity politics really that big a problem? And if it is, what should we do about it? Francis Fukuyama, author of 'The End of History and the Last Man' and more recently 'Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment', joins Matthew Taylor and Ian Leslie to give his take on the rise of identity politics. Share this episode on Twitter Produced by James Shield. Brought to you by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
David talks to the author of The End of History about his new book, Identity. Can 'identity politics' really make sense of everything from populism to #MeToo? Why are liberal democracies struggling to meet their citizens' desire for recognition? And what happened to the end of history anyway? Plus we discuss the Kavanaugh hearings, 'getting to Denmark' and the challenge of an ageing population. NB: This weekend there's a special extra edition of Talking Politics looking at the enduring legacy of Gandhi.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Oct 27th, 1952
Stanford, California, United States of America
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2 hours, 11 minutes
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