The Case for Democracy explores the psychological biases; distorted risk perceptions; frenetic journalism; the impotence of science; the narrow focus of 'experts'; value judgements dressed up as truths; propaganda; the invisibility of ethics; and the alarming irrelevance of inclusive democracy that have been features of the human reaction to the covid-19 pandemic. David Seedhouse argues that the chaotic human response to the virus, with no attempt to include the public, is the perfect argument for an extensive, participatory democracy. It is time for us to solve our problems together. David Seedhouse is Professor of Deliberative Practice at Aston University.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Searching for Balance
- Chapter 3: Imbalanced Dualities
- Chapter 4: Certainty and Uncertainty
- Chapter 5: The Psychology
- Chapter 6: Guided by the Science?
- Chapter 7: Steps Towards A Wider Focus
- Chapter 8: Puzzling Charts
- Chapter 9: The Propaganda
- Chapter 10: Animals
- Chapter 11: The Ethics
- Chapter 12: The Case For Democracy
- Chapter 13: Conclusion
- Chapter 14: Postscript