TRUST IN THE CAPACITIES OF THE PEOPLE, DISTRUST ELITES ­ Members' Books ­ ISAA

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TRUST IN THE CAPACITIES OF THE PEOPLE, DISTRUST ELITES

 

Kenneth Good

ISBN 978-1498502436

Lexington Books, 2014

The book offers a sharp critique of liberal democracy as found today, chiefly in Britain and the US, and issues a clarion call in favour of participatory democracy. Taking the Athenian model as inspiration, it argues that historical and contemporary attempts to realise democracy on a popular basis offer the prospect of a better future for all, Failures will be common, but even they further the capacity of ordinary people to build equitable democracies, and to assert control over privileged, self-serving  elites.