Nonfiction Book Award Status: SILVER
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.
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.