Martin Jacques Argued that Democracy is Not Always the Best Form of Government

Martin Jacques argued for the motion that Democracy is Not Always the Best Form of Government in a Intelligence Squared debate, televised by BBC World News. Speaking for the motion with him was Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme at City University; speaking against the motion were the American political scientist Ian Bremmer, and the Ukranian MP Andriy Shevchenko.

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried” — So said Winston Churchill. And who would disagree?

Martin Jacques

Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller “When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order”. It was first published in 2009 and has since been translated into eleven languages. The book has been shortlisted for two major literary awards. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. His talk on www.ted.com on how to understand China has had more than one million views.

Martin is a Senior Visiting Fellow at IDEAS, a centre for diplomacy and grand strategy at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University, the International Centre for Chinese Studies, Aichi University, Nagoya, and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC. He was formerly the editor of the renowned London-based monthly Marxism Today until its closure in 1991 and was co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. He took his doctorate while at King’s College, Cambridge.

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