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In conversation with philosopher and author A.C. Grayling

Posted on 15 December 2021

In our latest Academy session, A. C. Grayling CBE, the Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University and its Professor of Philosophy, spoke with Associate, Shulamit Aberbach about his latest book The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy.

In the book, Professor Grayling makes the case for a clear, consistent, principled and written constitution, and sets out the reforms necessary – among them addressing the imbalance of power between government and Parliament, imposing fixed terms for MPs, introducing proportional representation and lowering the voting age to 16 (the age at which you can marry, gamble, join the army and must pay taxes if you work) – to ensure the intentions of such a constitution could not be subverted or ignored. As democracies around the world show signs of decay, the issue of what makes a good state, and one that is democratic in the fullest sense of the word, could not be more important.

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