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The steady deterioration of democracy?

Democracy is not an end state but a process, and if there is no longer belief in its value then it may not endure 

By Andrew Gamble  

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

Democracy is in trouble. The number of states considered democracies rose after the collapse of communism in Europe and continued rising in the 2000s, but in the decade since the financial crash it has been falling again. All democracies are under strain, afflicted by the growing gap between members of the political class and the people they are supposed to represent. The crisis of representation takes several forms. The rise of populist nationalism is one manifestation. Another is the impact of digital media on…

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