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Democratic deficits

Nik Nanos and Gwynne Dyer examine current threats to estern liberal democracies

EDITOR’S CHOICE

The Age of Voter Rage Nik Nanos

Eyewear Publishing

Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy (and Work) Gwynne Dyer

Scribe Publications

TWO SEISMIC POLITICAL events shook the world in 2016, confounding pollsters and pundits and jarring politicians and citizens alike. The first was the Brexit vote in the U.K.; the second was the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Neither was supposed to happen. Former Conservative prime minister David Cameron was so sure the U.K. referendum would result in a victory for the “remain” side he staked his political career on the outcome – and lost. And as late as 10:20 p.m. on the night of Nov. 8, 2016, the Upshot blog on The New York Times website was putting Hillary Clinton’s odds of winning at 85 per cent. “A victory by Mr. Trump remains possible,” wrote Josh Katz at the time. “Mrs. Clinton’s chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a 37-yard field goal.”

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