Politics is too often the enemy of good government. This 'time bomb' which ticks at the heart of our democracy, and many others, forms the kernel of Grayling's thesis. The problem, he states, is large, widespread and serious. Neither Britain nor the United States can claim to be truly democratic when the most basic tenet of a democracy is that no voice be louder than any other. Yet the 'winner takes all' outcome distorts the chances of good governance. In The Good State A.C. Grayling investigates the underlying principles of democracy, making the case for a coherent constitutional order with a clear separation of powers. Only with vital reforms can we create a state in which the tension between the right to a voice and the right to good government can be reconciled.

A.C. Grayling is one of the most eminent philosophers of our time: Master of the New College of Humanities, London; Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford; Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of the Arts; author, broadcaster and polymath, with a large number of acclaimed books and articles to his name.