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on 10 January 2014
I bought this on the strength of the one very positive review. Mr Mair passed away when the book was half written, so we have no idea what it would have been like had he lived to complete it. It reads as a textbook for university students, but stripped down to the bare essentials amounts to very little. Fewer people are voting and the political class seems more and more remote. The EU can never be democratic because there is no demos. Politicians can't actually tell the truth and get elected. Democracy is being hollowed out.
But we have seen seismic shifts in our politics over the period since 1945,and who is to say that we will see no more? More important, how can the EU be discussed at all without consideration of the Euro?
A book for academics, I think.