Athens, Cairo, Madrid, Istanbul, Lisbon, Sao Paulo. The list goes on – and it is in constant need of being updated as new protests make headlines. In these and other cities, the crowds have taken to the streets. Government buildings are besieged. Riot police is called in. In most countries, though, resignation and muted cynicism about politics remain – for now – the norm. All around the world an awareness grows that our democracies are failing.
In a concise and accessible way, Rebooting Democracy: Beyond Parties and Politicians explains why the problems we are facing arise from inescapable, structural aspects of how our political systems currently work – and proposes four concrete, innovative ideas to help fix them.
Manuel Arriaga is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he has for several years conducted research and taught on how organizations and individuals can become more effective decision-makers. Effective August 1st 2013, he will also hold an appointment as visiting research professor at New York University. He has published several articles in leading management conferences, contributed to academic books and is an award-winning teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in Management and Information Systems from NYU and a B.A. in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
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