Democracy is the worst form of government. Except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. On the other hand, there are plenty of systems that haven’t been tried yet.
Are there alternative forms of government yet to be tested? New types of democracy, for example? Or completely different ways of organising society, perhaps using the internet or related technologies? Or is such utopian dreaming dangerous? There must be a reason, after all, why democracy has been such an enduring system (albeit one that has mutated many times over the years).
What do our readers think? We had a comment come in from Rishabh, who says: “Democracy is the best form of government” partly because democracies are more stable and hold up better in times of crisis. Is that the reason they have endured?
To get a response, we put Rishabh’s comment to Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University in the US and author of the book Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day. How would she respond to Rishabh’s comment?
For another perspective, we put the same comment to Anna Wojciuk, Professor of Politics at the University of Warsaw. How would she respond?
Is democracy the best model of government? Are democracies more stable? Are they more dynamic and innovative? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll to policymakers and experts for their reactions!