What are the big issues presented to society today? What kind of things keep you up at night wondering if there will ever be an answer? Is Capitalism working? Is Democracy failing? What shape is space? Is gender fluid? In Thames & Hudson's new series The Big Idea, a group of expert authors take on some of the densest questions on human-kind's minds. Designed as a "Primer for the 21st century" this series of books attempts to delve into the biggest ideas occupying us today.
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Moving from gender to fake news, rising nationalism, surging anti globalism, Brexit, hard borders and border walls, the next question on many peoples mind's is: Is Democracy Failing? To answer this question, lecturer at The School of Government and Society in the university of Birmingham Niheer Dasandi argues that first we must understand what democracy means in the current context, what challenges it faces today and how we measure its success or failure. This wonderful book imagines the limits that democracy can go to and what our options are once those limits are reached.
Are the poor getting poorer? Are the rich getting richer? Probably, but does that mean Capitalism is working or failing? The University of Cambridge's Jacob Field discusses how capitalism has grown and evolved, succeeded and failed and what will need to change if it is to survive in the 21st century in Is Capitalism Working?