What Kind of Democracy Is This?

Politics in a Changing World

Matt Flinders

What Kind of Democracy Is This?

Matt Flinders

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

208 pages | 8 1/2 x 5 3/4
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447337621 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Has there ever been a period in modern history when democratic politics seemed more unpredictable or unruly? In the face of a set of global challenges almost beyond control or comprehension, the old rules by which politics were once both ordered and understood have waned. Very few voices exist to help us comprehend these challenges—commentators who can run the gamut from democracy to disgust, from the micro to the macro, and from love to loathing. And yet this is exactly what Matt Flinders delivers in this book, expertly ranging across topics as diverse as architecture, art, mountain running, and fairy tales in his attempt to understand the emerging democratic landscape. Refreshing and stimulating, What Kind of Democracy Is This? is an engagingly written melding of political scholarship and popular culture that both informs and provokes.
Review Quotes
Alasdair Roberts, University of Missouri
"Democratic politics is a glorious, dangerous, and ever-changing game. These short commentaries are insightful, easily read, and just as lively as the game itself."
Melvin J. Dubnick,  University of New Hampshire
"A brilliant effort by one of our most prolific writers to engage us in the public dialog so urgently needed in a world of Trumps, Brexits, and other populist challenges."
Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton and University of Canberra
"This a book that the interested reader can read a couple of chapters of before bed or on the train and get insight, enlightenment, and an occasional smile. It captures many of the  issues and discontents facing many democracies and begins to talk about how they might be addressed."
Right Honourable Lord David Blunkett, University of Sheffield
"An extremely unusual, accessible, and innovative way of getting across crucial messages not only about the importance of democracy but how it affects a whole range of aspects of our lives. I hope that people will find it as entertaining and intriguing as I do."
Mark Bovens, Utrecht University School of Governance
"A very elegant collection of concise comments on contemporary politics—witty, thought-provoking, and a great read."
Claire Ainsley, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
“[In] an accessible series of thought-provoking posts, Flinders draws on political science to bring a fresh interpretation to many of today’s most topical political events.”
Angelia R. Wilson, University of Manchester
"What an engaging and FUN book! Flinders's thoughts are accessible, challenging, and insightful. A must-read not just for politics academics but for anyone interested in the apparent ‘madness’ of our contemporary democracy."
Rosie Campbell, Birkbeck University
A skillfully crafted succession of humorous, scholarly, and thought-provoking insights into contemporary democratic politics and more. . . . Should most definitely be on the coffee tables and secretly read in the loos of all serious politicos."
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