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Democracy in crisis? It's the next disruption

Political systems have not kept up with social changes brought on by the digital revolution

The democratic world appears to be facing a crisis of some sort. Leading democracies are unable to manage the deep divisions in their societies that have been exacerbated by the very process that defined their democratic status: The act of deciding who to vote as their leaders, and on important national issues.

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered what has been called the greatest defeat in Parliament in modern history when her Brexit proposal was overwhelmingly voted down. Never had a sitting administration been so humiliated by its own backbenchers who snubbed their party, along with the main opposition Labour Party.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'Democracy in crisis? It's the next disruption'. Print Edition | Subscribe