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The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy
 

The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy (Hardback)

By Grayling, A. C.

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The foundations upon which our democracies stand are inherently flawed, vulnerable to corrosion from within. What is the remedy? A. C. Grayling makes the case for a clear, consistent, principled and written constitution, and sets out the reforms necessary - among them addressing ...the imbalance of power between government and Parliament, imposing fixed terms for MPs, introducing proportional representation and lowering the voting age to 16 (the age at which you can marry, gamble, join the army and must pay taxes if you work) - to ensure the intentions of such a constitution could not be subverted or ignored. As democracies around the world show signs of decay, the issue of what makes a good state, one that is democratic in the fullest sense of the word, could not be more important. To take just one example: by the simplest of measures, neither Britain nor the United States can claim to be truly democratic. The most basic tenet of democracy is that no voice be louder than any other. Yet in our `first past the post' electoral systems a voter supporting a losing candidate is unrepresented, his or her voice unequal to one supporting a winning candidate, who frequently does not gain a majority of the votes cast. This is just one of a number of problems, all of them showing that democratic reform is a necessity in our contemporary world.
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ISBN 9781786077189
Released NZ 26 Feb 2020
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781786077189
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Oneworld Publications
Released 26 Feb 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Grayling, A. C.
Category Political Science & Theory
Constitution: Government & The State
Political Structures: Democracy
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 146mm
Height: 225mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 320.441
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Democracy - Great Britain, Great Britain - Politics and government
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text General/trade

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