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By David Van Reybrouck

Democracy is in undesirable well-being. the indications are usual: the increase of fear-mongering populists, common mistrust within the institution, character contests, and point-scoring rather than reasoned debate, slogans rather than expertise. opposed to Elections offers a brand new analysis —and an historic treatment. David Van Reybrouck reminds us that the unique goal of elections was once to exclude the folk from strength by means of appointing an elite to manipulate over them. He demonstrates how over the years their influence has been to lessen the people's participation in executive to an absolute minimal, make sure strength continues to be within the fingers of these who already wield it, and strength politicians to pass judgement on regulations now not on their advantages yet on their probability to win or lose votes. and that is whilst elections cross good. but for many of democracy's 3000-year background governments weren't selected through election in any respect: they have been appointed, very similar to the jury procedure, via a mix of volunteering and lottery. Drawing on great studying, a global array of facts, and more and more winning trials, Against Elections demonstrates how a worldly and useful model of this historical process could paintings at the present time and hence dispose of the underlying reason behind democracy's disorder. pressing, heretical, and fully convincing, this ebook leaves just one query to be responded: what are we ready for?

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Politics as a profession is going the same way as teaching, once a noble calling that commanded respect, now a lousy job. 23 Retaining political talent is far from simple and it burns up more quickly than it once did, as Herman Van Rompuy noted when he was president of the European Council. ‘The way in which our democracies work wears people out at a terrifying rate. ’24 This goes to the heart of the efficiency crisis. Democracy has become comparatively toothless but at the same time noisier. Instead of sitting mumbling to themselves in a corner, disconcerted by their own impotence, modest about their limited room for manoeuvre, today’s politicians can, indeed must, shout their virtues from the rooftops – elections and the media leave them no choice – preferably with fists clenched, legs stiff and lips together, since that looks good and makes them appear effective.

23 Retaining political talent is far from simple and it burns up more quickly than it once did, as Herman Van Rompuy noted when he was president of the European Council. ‘The way in which our democracies work wears people out at a terrifying rate. ’24 This goes to the heart of the efficiency crisis. Democracy has become comparatively toothless but at the same time noisier. Instead of sitting mumbling to themselves in a corner, disconcerted by their own impotence, modest about their limited room for manoeuvre, today’s politicians can, indeed must, shout their virtues from the rooftops – elections and the media leave them no choice – preferably with fists clenched, legs stiff and lips together, since that looks good and makes them appear effective.

It’s as if the people who compiled the declaration in 1948 had come to see the specific method as a basic right, as if the procedure was in itself sacred. It would appear that the fundamental cause of Democratic Fatigue Syndrome lies in the fact that we have all become electoral fundamentalists, despising those elected but venerating elections. Electoral fundamentalism is an unshakeable belief in the idea that democracy is inconceivable without elections and elections are a necessary and fundamental precondition when speaking of democracy.

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