This report from 1975 sets out a tough analysis of, and predictions for, the future of democracy in Europe, the US and Japan. Its insights and propositions are timely and apt at a time when similar discussions about the future of democracy are rising.
“The report that follows is not a pessimistic document. Its authors believe that, in a fundamental sense, the democratic systems are viable. They believe, furthermore, that democracies can work provided their publics truly understand the nature of the democratic system, and particularly if they are sensitive to the subtle interrelationships between liberty and responsibility. Their discussion of the “crisis of democracy” is designed to make democracy stronger as it grows and becomes more democratic.”