Partisan polarisation in American society is worse than at any time in the past 25 years. Photo: AP

High price for democracy in the US

Kevin Rafferty says Americans may understandably demand more from their US$6 billion elections

Topic |   US Presidential Election 2012

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Partisan polarisation in American society is worse than at any time in the past 25 years. Photo: AP
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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.