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The centre shall not hold: Scott Ryan’s ‘Challenging Politics’

Dechlan Brennan reviews former Liberal MP Scott Ryan’s ‘Challenging Politics’, which looks at how modern politics shuns negotiation and compromise in the quest for easy answers. AMERICAN POLITICAL commentator Ezra Klein noted: ‘Compromise isn’t a gift the majority offers to the minority. It’s a boon the minority offers to the majority.’  In his book Challenging Politics (part of Monash University’s In The National Interest series) former president of the Senate and Liberal MP Scott Ryan contends that modern politics has forgotten the art of negotiation and compromise. That – in the quest for easy answers – the art of skilful politics is lost. In his mind, this…