Profile:
David Runciman

David Runciman is a professor of politics at Cambridge and a regular contributor to publications including The Guardian and The London Review of Books. In addition to political science and current affairs, his articles for the LRB have covered such diverse topics as the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the rise of Wikipedia.

His books include Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond; The Politics of Good Intentions: History, Fear and Hypocrisy in the New World Order; and Pluralism and the Personality of the State. In his latest book, The Confidence Trap, he takes a searching look at the challenges facing democracy today.