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Is Democracy Possible?

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In this provocative book, John Burnheim argues that there is an alternative to our current political and economic structure. In a bold and original discussion of how and why the present system fails and what we might do to bring about genuine democracy, Burnheim offers the outline of a new kind of society, forcing us to reexamine our assumptions about the limits and possib ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1985)
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I’m very sympathetic to John Burnheim’s work on political theory. A single paragraph in the introduction to Is Democracy Possible? was the basis of my Master’s thesis and the starting point for my PhD. But it’s hard not to conclude that his solution to the problems of modern electoral democracy, demarchy, misses the point completely.

The claim that modern electoral politics has become increasingly detached from the will of those it governs is largely uncontroversial. The problem seems to arise no
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