Paul Thomas is Professor of Youth & Policy and director of research at the University of Huddersfield. He is a professionally qualified youth and community worker, and previously worked as a regional manager for a national voluntary youth work organisation, and as a regional youth policy and campaigns officer for the Commission for Racial Equality. Paul has had numerous articles published in peer-review journals, and is the author of Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s 2012 Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize, and Responding to the Threat of Violent Extremism – Failing to Prevent (Bloomsbury, 2012).
Should we fear democracy?
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