A.C. Grayling – Democracy and Its Crisis

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With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught in crisis. As seen by Brexit and the polarizing results of the 2016 presidential election, democratic institutions seem unable to sustain themselves against the forces they were originally designed to manage.

What are the current benefits and contradictions of popular sovereignty? What reforms are needed to address the twenty-first century threats to democracy?

A. C. Grayling is professor of philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. Among his many books are Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggle for Liberty and Rights that Made the Modern West, Liberty in the Age of Terror, and The Age of Genius. He has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Economist, New Statesman, Prospect and New European. He appears frequently on radio and TV, including Newsnight and CNN News.

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