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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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FROM MAJORITIES TO MINORITIES

We are voting more often. A lot more often. This is a major trend of civic life in the last half-century, at least for people who live in the established Western democracies. In a set of eighteen countries that have been consistently democratic since 1960, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Western Europe, the frequency with which citizens are called to the polls increased in a large majority of cases between 1960 and 2000. Citizens in these countries have thus had more frequent opportunities to select and reject the people who represent them as well as to voice through referenda their preferences in matters of public policy or national priorities. The frequency of elections ...

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