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Against Elections
Author: David van Reybrouck

ISBN: 9781847924223
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 18 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.7
Description:
An ingenious, heretical and timely argument to save democracy from elections

Democracy is in bad health.

The symptoms are familiar: the rise of fear-mongering populists, widespread distrust in the establishment, personality contests and point-scoring in place of reasoned debate, slogans instead of expertise.

Against Elections offers a new diagnosis - and an ancient remedy.

In this ingenious book, David Van Reybrouck reminds us that the original purpose of elections was to exclude the people from power by appointing an elite to govern over them. He demonstrates how over time their effect has been to reduce the people's participation in government to an absolute minimum, ensure power remains in the hands of those who already wield it, and force politicians to judge policies not on their merits but on their likelihood to win or lose votes. And that's when elections go well.

Yet for most of democracy's 3000-year history governments were not chosen by election at all: they were appointed, much like the jury system, through a combination of volun...

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