Democracy and Its Crisis

Democracy and Its Crisis

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"Prompted by the EU referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the USA, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why, crucially, it matters. First he considers moments in history - Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, among them - in which the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions, however imperfect, were found. Then he lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the twenty-first century and maps out a set of urgently needed reforms. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, says Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish." -- Book jacket.
Publisher: London, England : Oneworld, c2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781786072894
1786072890
Branch Call Number: 321.8 GRAYLING
Characteristics: x, 225 pages ; 23 cm

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Mar 17, 2019

A terrific book! The many of the suggestions are long overdue for implementation (except for replacing first past the post... but one can't agree with everything). The contrast between top down and bottom up approaches to the concept of legitimate authority (p.76-79). Most surprising was the mention made of the prices for political interference (p.144-5). He complains of Britain's lack of a written constitution, but makes no mention of Dworkin's suggestion - even though he wrote very positively about "Justice For Hedgehogs".

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