Why Politics Fails

Why Politics Fails: The Five Traps of the Modern World & How to Escape Them

Politics
Paperback Published on: 26/10/2023
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Synopsis

From the 2023 Reith lecturer Politics is failing us. This is why. When it comes to politics, there are five goals that voters generally agree upon. We all want a say in how we're governed, to be treated equally, a safety net when times are hard, protection from harm and to be richer in the future. So, why does politics not deliver that? The problem is each of these five goals results in a political trap. For example, we all want a say in how we're governed, but it's impossible to have any true 'will of the people'. And we want to be richer tomorrow, but what makes us richer in the short run makes us poorer over the long haul. In Why Politics Fails, award-winning Oxford professor Ben Ansell draws on examples from Ancient Greece through Brexit to vividly illustrate how we can escape these traps, overcome self-interest and deliver on our collective goals. Politics seems to be broken, but this book shows how it can work for everyone.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241992753
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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