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The Center Must Hold : Why Centrism is the Answer to Extremism and Polarization - Yair Zivan

The Center Must Hold

Why Centrism is the Answer to Extremism and Polarization

By: Yair Zivan (Editor)

eBook | 27 June 2024

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Division in society. The spread of misinformation. The rise of extremism. Centrism holds the answers.

In an age of complex global challenges, extremism and populism offer a simple but fatally flawed narrative to a public craving a sense of normalcy. There is another way. Centrism has proven itself not only the most effective antidote to their dangerous brand of politics but also as a successful way to lead countries.

Far from being an arbitrary middle point between left and right, centrism offers a coherent set of political ideas, principles, and approaches:

  1. the importance of moderation and pragmatism,
  2. the embrace of complexity,
  3. the deep commitment to democracy,
  4. the belief in equality of opportunity, and
  5. the belief that through balancing the tensions that exist in every nation we can make people's lives better.

It is about finding the most productive and effective balance between globalization and local communities, civil rights and security, religion and democracy, free markets and protecting the weakest in society.

Drawing together politicians, thought leaders and social commentators - from Tony Blair to Michael Bloomberg, from Jennifer Rubin to Yair Lapid - The Center Must Hold contains a series of essays from those who have led from the center or made significant contributions to centrist thought and policy-making, including former prime ministers, policymakers, and leading journalists from across the world.


What is centrism?

What are the big questions of modern politics and how does centrism address them?

What are the policies and practices of world leaders who are centrists?

How does centrism operation--practically speaking--around the world?

Why is centrism the best way forward in terms of efficiency and effectiveness in governance?


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