The Last Vote

Philip Coggan's "wake-up call" to the voters with unrealistic demands

By Jonathan Derbyshire   210

The Last Vote by Philip Coggan (Allen Lane, £20)

There are certain problems that any democratic system will face when it tries to aggregate the preferences of individual voters. As Philip Coggan points out in his new book, no voting system yet devised has ever achieved an ideal balance between the will of the majority and the rights of minorities.

Such difficulties are as old as democracy itself. But, Coggan argues, western democracies today confront additional threats more severe than any they have faced since before the Second World War.…

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