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Is It Possible That Democracy Doesn’t Work?

Feral78 / (CC-BY-2.0) Is it possible that democracy doesn’t work? It’s reasonable to ask the question amid the xenophobia of Brexit, the Hungarian referendum, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the election of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, who gleefully compares himself to Hitler. “Most people possess almost no useful information about policies and their implications, have little desire to improve their state of knowledge, and have a deep aversion to political disagreement,” writes George Monbiot at The Guardian, reviewing the book Democracy for Realists, published earlier this year by the social science professors Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels.
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