Policy Press

Time to Save Democracy

How to Govern Ourselves in the Age of Anti-Politics

By Henry Tam

Published

Mar 14, 2018

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447338246

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 14, 2018

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447338260

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 14, 2018

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447338277

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Time to Save Democracy

To govern ourselves or not to? This is the existential question of politics. With the rise of distrust, alienation, and extremism, it is all the more difficult to secure democratic self-rule when neither those in power nor the general public seem dependable when it comes to making decisions that can transform our lives, for better or worse.

In the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, Henry Tam explores what should be done to revive democracy. Presenting in a clear and accessible manner, he goes beyond the familiar ‘get the vote out’ ideas, to set out 9 key areas where reforms are necessary to ensure we can govern ourselves more effectively.

Against the suggestion that democracy has run its course, this book unpacks why democratic governance is indispensable and puts forward forty recommendations to help us avoid the twin threats of oppressive rule and debilitating chaos.

With a background in both academia and national and local politics Dr. Henry B. Tam is a writer, educator, and former policy head for civil renewal under the last Labour Government. He has been Director of the Forum for Youth Participation & Democracy, University of Cambridge; Lecturer on politics and government for WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) and the Civil Service College; and Visiting Professor, School of Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck, University of London.

Introduction: Democracy in distress

Part One: Has democracy a future?

Why we need democracy

Rethinking how we govern

Part Two: How to sustain democratic togetherness

Shared mission

Mutual respect

Coherent membership

Part Three: How to underpin democratic objectivity

Collaborative learning

Critical re-examination

Responsible communication

Part Four: How to achieve democratic power balance

Participatory decision-making

Civic parity

Public accountability

Conclusion: Learning to govern ourselves

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