The world can be better run. Democracy is the most effective way to take back control over decisions that impact people’s lives. But democracy must evolve following a global technological revolution that has increased fears that global trade and immigration threaten our identity, that we face environmental ruin and that cybercriminals and 'big tech' can do as they please, unchecked – all made worse by COVID-19.
This book presents a roadmap for more accountable democracy locally, nationally and internationally. Marcial Bragadini Bóo proposes updating rules so that politicians are better held to account, public services improve and people can contribute to their communities. New rules of democracy may help find solutions to global problems and ensure everyone is fairly represented at the decision-making table.
"Straight from the machine room of democracy, Bóo explains how it functions and what's next. Highly recommended." Andreas Bummel, Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders
“Who better than Bóo, an astute professional referee in the world of political governance, to seek ways forward for democracy in the face of global technology, rising expectations and limited real accountability? You may not agree with his solutions but his analysis is both academically grounded and enriched with unblinking empirical observation.” Sir David Natzler KCB, former Clerk of the House of Commons
"A thought-provoking consideration of democracy amid the global technological revolution. It outlines democracy’s history, articulates its current challenges and, most importantly, provides hope in the institution’s adaptability and evolution." Annwyn Godwin, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority
“In making his case for new rules Bóo reminds us that democracy is about making community at all levels work well. We are each responsible for building consensus not division, and for contributing to our shared wellbeing.” Dame Julie Mellor, Chair of Demos and the Young Foundation
“This novel and contentious book shows how democracy can respond to the challenges of globalisation and technology. Bóo makes a thoughtful contribution to the debate around democratic alternatives to populism and authoritarianism.” Matthew Flinders, University of Sheffield
"An imaginative set of proposals to revive our failing democracy, combined with a keen sense of the practicalities, based on the wide experience of a senior public servant." Robert Hazell, University College London
Marcial Bragadini Bóo chairs the UK’s Institute of Regulation and has been Chief Executive of both the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the UK Public Health Register. He is former Director of the National Audit Office and currently Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit at University College London, a board trustee of the think tank Demos and a policy adviser to the University of Bath.
Introduction: Playing by the rules
1. The importance of democracy
2. The evolution of democracy
3. Democracy as a system
4. Paying by the rules
5. The rules for politicians
6. The rules for public services
7. The rules for us
Conclusion: Refereeing democracy