Can Democracy Safeguard the Future?

Graham Smith

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Polity Press

Published: 28-01-2021

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SKU: 9781509539253

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Description

Our democracies repeatedly fail to safeguard the future. From pensions to pandemics, health and social care through to climate, biodiversity and emerging technologies, democracies have been unable to deliver robust policies for the long term. In this book, Graham Smith asks why. Exploring the drivers of short-termism, he considers ways of reshaping legislatures and constitutions and proposes strengthening independent offices whose overarching goals do not change at every election. More radically, Smith argues that forms of participatory and deliberative politics offer the most effective democratic response to the current political myopia, as well as a powerful means of protecting the interests of generations to come.

Additional information

Weight 0.154 kg
Dimensions 14 × 127 × 192 mm
Page Count 160