Time to Save Democracy

How to Govern Ourselves in the Age of Anti-Politics

Henry Tam

Time to Save Democracy

Henry Tam

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2018
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781447338246 Published August 2018 For sale in North and South America only
To govern ourselves or not? That is the existential question of politics. In light of the recent surges of political extremism—and the alienation and distrust that follow—in both the United States and Europe, ensuring the perseverance of democratic self-rule now feels particularly precarious. Time to Save Democracy tackles the daunting challenges of the current moment head-on. With clear, accessible prose, Henry Tam sets out to explore what exactly should be done to revive democracy. Moving beyond familiar ‘get the vote out’-style idea, Tam sets out nine key areas where reforms are necessary to ensure we can govern ourselves more effectively, touching on notions of having a shared mission and mutual respect among politically dissimilar groups, the importance of public accountability for elected officials, and sustaining the power balance between the government and its constituents. Dispelling the suggestion that democracy has run its course, this book serves as a powerful reminder of why democratic governance is indispensable.
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