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A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature

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by Keith Sutherland & Ernest Callenbach
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A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature by Keith Sutherland & Ernest Callenbach

Two essays, printed back to back in a single volume, offer complementary solutions to the democratic deficit in Britain and the USA. In his book The Party's Over: Blueprint for a Very English Revolution (2004), Keith Sutherland questioned the role of the party in the post-ideological age and concluded that it would be better for government ministers to be appointed by headhunters and held to account by a people's parliament selected by lot. This completely revised and updated edition includes a study of the recent literature on deliberative polling. The American founders proposed that their legislature should be 'an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large'. Whether or not this was true at the time, the exponential growth of the population, skyrocketing campaign funding, the power of pressure groups, the grease of the pork-barrel and the dominance of charisma and demagoguery means that the US Constitution could now better be described as a kleptocracy. This pioneering e...

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Pages: 296
Size: 4.8 MB
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781845405311 (DRM-PDF)

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