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Searching for reasons why the centre ground isn't holding

By Hettie OBrien   December 2018
Friedrich Hayek © Flickr

Friedrich Hayek © Flickr

Political economist William Davies’s new book dissects society’s waning trust in experts. Many commentators have lamented the decline of a reasoned centre ground, but Nervous States goes further: it examines why we’ve found ourselves in a position where “technocracy”—whether that is in the form of the EU or the UK elite—has become a dirty word. Davies skilfully weaves together history and philosophy in a book that is both compelling and creative.

Davies charts over time why trust in the technocratic state began…

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