William Davies

William Davies is a professor of political economy at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a contributor to the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the New Statesman and more. In his latest book, Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason, he explores how political representation, warfare and technology have evolved together since the seventeenth century.


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Control groups

An interview with William Davies on politics in an age of sensation

The classic liberal distinction between war and peace has expired. Markets have learnt the lesson that gut reactions matter, but political institutions of liberal democracy are still lagging behind. What we need is a politics of empathy, William Davies argues.