Bridges to the Future

Liberals and Authoritarians

Episode Summary

Have we become a nation of two tribes – liberals vs authoritarians? With political sociologist Paula Surridge.

Episode Notes

Commentators have written at great length about left vs right, the young vs the old, ‘somewheres’ vs ‘anywheres’. But what if there’s one big divide they’re missing? Are we now a nation of liberals vs authoritarians?

Divides in politics are nothing new – but are they deepening? And does the old left/right split still apply, or are there newer, different splits in British politics?

The political sociologist Paula Surridge from the University of Bristol joins the RSA’s Matthew Taylor and the author of 'Born Liars' and 'Curious', Ian Leslie, to discuss.


Produced by James Shield, with production help from Alex Atack in Bristol. Artwork design by Emily Power.

Brought to you by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).