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Has the West had its day?

A new book glosses over the weaknesses of democracy

By John Gray  

“The 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” write John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. © image broker/rex

 

The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge (Allen Lane, £20)

With the west seemingly bogged down in intractable problems, there are many who fear that some version of the authoritarianism that has proved so successful in delivering prosperity…

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