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Dan Hind discusses The Return of the Public for "Thinking Allowed" on BBC Radio 4

Sarah Shin10 November 2010

Listen to Dan Hind discuss The Return of the Public and the crisis in media on "Thinking Allowed" with host Laurie Taylor on BBC Radio 4.

His fellow guests were Cambridge sociologist Professor John Thompson, discussing Merchants of Culture, and MP Jesse Norman.

Visit the BBC Radio 4 website to listen to Dan Hind on "Thinking Allowed" in full.

Roy Greenslade,professor of journalism at City University, media commentator for the Guardian and former editor of the Daily Mirror, writes that The Return of the Public is 

One of the best books I've read in the past month ... It is a superb analysis of the way in which citizens have lost power in a political and economic system built around the free market.

Both politicians and business people claim that they act in the wider public interest. Yet they are unaccountable to the public, who are excluded from exerting any influence over both the polity and the economy.

Hind argues that the media must be reformed in order to play a key role in restoring democracy.

Visit the Guardian to read the article in full.

Dan Hind will be speaking at the RSA in London tomorrow. 

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