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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.

'A. C. Grayling not only clarifies the way in which these events are challenging the workings of democracy… but comes up with solutions.' – Jon Snow

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786072894
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


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`Grayling incisively surveys attempts by Western thinkers, from Plato and Aristotle to Madison and Tocqueville, to resolve what he calls the "dilemma of democracy": the tension between the belief that power belongs ultimately to the people, and the desire for stable and humane government.' * Wall Street Journal *
`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 *
`A concise, clear and challenging survey of the history of democracy, its recent failures and how we might repair it.' * Shelf Awareness *

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“Remove the wool from your eyes”

Democracy and Its Crisis AC Grayling

Starting with the historical context of “democracy” and moving on to the “Brexit” referendum and the Trump election Prof Grayling has exposed the most recent developments in the... More

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10th October 2017
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