David Runciman is Head the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Staff Fellow in Politics at Trinity Hall. He is currently the holder of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2009-12). His recent books include The Politics of Good Intentions and Political Hypocrisy (both Princeton University Press) and he has written widely about the history of ideas and contemporary politics. He is a regular contributor to a number of newspapers and journals, including the London Review of Books, and to politics programmes on BBC Radio. He is currently writing a history of confidence in democracy, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present financial crisis. He is also a Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Trust.