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Democracy and its Crisis


Democracy and Its Crisis 9781786072894
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Democracy and its Crisis

A. C. Grayling

ISBN 9781786072894

Prompted by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, in Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. In each of five short chapters, he considers a moment in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome – or not – and with what consequences.

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, argues Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.

The Author

a.c graylingA. C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. Among his many books are The God Argument and The Age of Genius. He has contributed regularly to The Times, the Independent, Prospect and the New European, and appears frequently on radio and TV, including News Night and CNN News.





Reviews, News & Interviews:

An enthusiastic thinker who embraces humour, common sense and lucidity. Independent

Grayling is a natural educator. Ruth Scurr, Spectator