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The good state : on the principles of democracy / A. C. Grayling.

By: Grayling, A. C.
Publisher: London : Oneworld Publications, 2020Description: xvi, 239 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781786077189.Subject(s): Democracy -- United States | Democracy -- Great BritainDDC classification: 331.8801 Summary: The foundations upon which our democracies stand are inherently flawed and vulnerable to corrosion from within. What is the remedy? 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 government is 'by the people for the people', but the effect of politics and political partisanship has been to make both countries, in the words of the Conservative peer Lord Hailsham, 'elective dictatorships' rather than democracies. In The Good State A. C. Grayling investigates the underlying principles of democracy and makes the case for a coherent constitutional order with a clear separation of powers in order to correct the imbalance between parliament (representing the broad range of views in the country as a whole) and government (representing the interests of only one section - and not always even a majority - of the whole). He then sets out the reforms necessary to ensure that such a constitutional order could not be subverted or ignored. In addition to addressing the imbalance of power, these include introducing proportional representation and lowering the voting age to sixteen - the age of sexual consent, and the age at which you can marry and join the army. Only by fully understanding what democracy entails can we create a state in which the tension between the right to a voice and the right to good government can be reconciled.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The foundations upon which our democracies stand are inherently flawed and vulnerable to corrosion from within. What is the remedy? 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 government is 'by the people for the people', but the effect of politics and political partisanship has been to make both countries, in the words of the Conservative peer Lord Hailsham, 'elective dictatorships' rather than democracies. In The Good State A. C. Grayling investigates the underlying principles of democracy and makes the case for a coherent constitutional order with a clear separation of powers in order to correct the imbalance between parliament (representing the broad range of views in the country as a whole) and government (representing the interests of only one section - and not always even a majority - of the whole). He then sets out the reforms necessary to ensure that such a constitutional order could not be subverted or ignored. In addition to addressing the imbalance of power, these include introducing proportional representation and lowering the voting age to sixteen - the age of sexual consent, and the age at which you can marry and join the army. Only by fully understanding what democracy entails can we create a state in which the tension between the right to a voice and the right to good government can be reconciled.

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