Democracy and Its Crisis

Pages: 240
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics, Philosophy
Imprint: Oneworld

Democracy and Its Crisis

A. C. Grayling

An urgent exploration of the challenges facing democracy today
Hardback
9781786072894 (7 Sep 2017)
RRP £14.99 / US$22.99

The Book

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. 

Additional Information

Subject Current Affairs, Politics, Philosophy
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

A. C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. Among his many books are Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggle for Liberty and Rights that Made the Modern West, Liberty in the Age of Terror, The God Argument and The Age of Genius. He has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Economist, New Statesman, Prospectand New European. He appears frequently on radio and TV, including Newsnight and CNN News, and is a popular speaker at festivals and debates. He lives in London.

Reviews

‘We are mystified, alarmed, even frightened by the cascade of events that beset our world. A. C. Grayling not only clarifies the way in which these events are challenging the workings of democracy - amid the rise in populism in response - but comes up with solutions.'

- Jon Snow, journalist and broadcaster

‘A. C. Grayling applies his great intellectual prowess to the most pressing issue of our times - the subversion of modern democracies by dark money, corporate power, Big Data, social media and fractured political party systems. Utterly brilliant. Urgently needed. A book for NOW.'

- Helena Kennedy, QC

‘A compelling and deeply unsettling dissection of the way in which democratic principles have been subverted by vested interests in the UK and the USA. This book shows that democracy can only be defended if we first understand how it is being attacked.'

- Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister

‘A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government.'

- Kirkus