The loss of faith in free markets that followed the 2007–10 financial crisis was followed up by a number of political developments that suggested the ascendency of populism and a more skeptical attitude toward democracy among many people. What can be done to protect democracy from this erosion of trust? On this episode of the Chicago Booth Review Podcast, we feature a conversation, held at Chicago Booth’s London campus, between Booth’s Raghuram G. Rajan and Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, in which they discuss the health of democracy, why it has come under pressure, and why the middle class is crucial to preserving it.

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