Authenticity in Politics

Boris Johnson

Questions of authenticity loom large in recent politics. From the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to the fall of Nick Clegg, from Tony Blair’s decision to enter the Iraq War to Theresa May’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire, the idea that a politician is or isn’t ‘authentic’ is key to how they are understood. 

Professor Rosie Campbell hosted an episode of Analysis on BBC Radio 4 considering authenticity in politics. What makes a politician authentic, and how do we know? What does it mean for democracy when we value authenticity above other qualities more typically valued in politicians?

Professor Campbell speaks to school students, pollsters, academics and journalists to find out more. 

Listen to the full episode on BBC Radio 4 (login required). 

Image: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on a visit to Japan. Courtesy of UK in Japan – FCO.