Citizens’ juries can help fix democracy

Western polities are ailing — deliberative assemblies would revivify them

“Brexit has failed.” This is now the view of Nigel Farage, the man who arguably bears more responsibility for the UK’s decision to leave the EU than anybody else. He is right, not because the Tories messed it up, as he thinks, but because it was bound to go wrong. The question is why the country made this mistake. The answer is that our democratic processes do not work very well. Adding referendums to elections does not solve the problem. But adding citizens’ assemblies might.

In his farewell address, George Washington warned against the spirit of action. He argued that the “alternate domination of one faction over another … is itself a frightful despotism. But … The disorders and miseries hich result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in he absolute power of an individual”

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