Brennan makes a bold claim in this book: democracy doesn't work. Brennan argues that citizens have a right to a competent government and democracy, as it stands, fails to provide that. The most surprising element is that his arguments are all perfectly well-reasoned that you’ll find yourself nodding along and agreeing that perhaps it’s time to try something new. The second section of Brennan’s book looks at a possible replacement for democracy based on the rule of the knowledgeable (epistocracy). While this part of the book isn’t as strong as his scathing indictment of democracy, Brennan still makes an interesting case for trying epistocracy. Written in an accessible style, this book will have you looking at democracy in a whole new way! A fascinating read political junkies will enjoy.
Jessica (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)