The Broken Contract

Saqib Qureshi

A democracy should reflect the views of its citizens and offer a direct connection between government and those it serves. So why, more than ever, does it seem as if our government exists in its own bubble, detached from us?

In reality, our democracy is not performing as it should, which has left us fed up with a system we no longer trust. Moreover, we lack a mechanism to fix what’s broken, because there is no incentive for politicians and civil servants to make government more accountable, efficient, and representative.

Saqib Iqbal Qureshi is calling on his fellow citizens to assert their voice in the dialogue of democracy. In The Broken Contract, he puts forth solutions—many involving easy-to-implement technologies. It’s up to us to turn the ship around. If you’re looking for the best way to start a conversation with your elected and unelected officials, this is the book you need.

Press & Praise

Adrian Pabst, professor at Kent University and author of The Demons of Liberal Democracy

"The current crisis of liberal democracy goes to the heart of the idea of representative government. This important book makes a very valuable contribution to the debate on how to fix political institutions and reconnect citizens with their elected representatives. It is essential reading for scholars, politicians, and concerned citizens."

Peter Frankopan, professor at Oxford University and author of The Silk Roads

"The Broken Contract is a fearless, refreshing, and brilliant book, filled with insights into some of the biggest problems and challenges in western democracies. An invigorating breath of fresh air that will do much to blow away some important cobwebs."

Aziz Huq, professor at Chicago University and co-author of How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

"A deeply personal and passionately engaged contribution to an important debate, which speaks directly to many of the core moral and political problems presented by democratic backsliding today."

Saqib Qureshi

SAQIB IQBAL QURESHI is a Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he completed his undergraduate and PhD degrees. He has written for the Financial Times, the Independent, the Spectator, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of Reconstructing Strategy: Dancing with the God of Objectivity. After decades of working in government, management consulting and investment banking … and of experiencing the dysfunctionality of democracies, Saqib began a journey beyond the surface of our democracy.

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