Democracy is in bad health. Against Elections offers a new
diagnosis - and an ancient remedy. Fear-mongering populists,
distrust in the establishment, personality contests instead of
reasoned debate: these are the results of the latest elections. In
fact, as this ingenious book shows, the original purpose of
elections was to exclude the people from power by appointing an
elite to govern over them. Yet for most of its 3000-year history,
democracy did not involve elections at all: members of the public
were appointed to positions in government through a combination of
volunteering and lottery. Based on studies and trials from around
the globe, this hugely influential manifesto presents the practical
case for a true democracy - one that actually works. Urgent,
heretical and completely convincing, Against Elections leaves only
one question to be answered: what are we waiting for?
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