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Democracy : All That Matters - Steven Beller


All That Matters


Published: 25th October 2013
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Is democracy just a passing fad?

Democracy is in crisis.

There is a crisis of growth on the one hand, with the Arab Spring and possible change in Burma and elsewhere; but also a crisis of alienation and stagnation in the more established democracies (the United States and in Europe) where apathy and the uncontrolled power exerted by financial markets and the wealthy are threatening the core of democratic effectiveness and democratic values. We can no longer take democracy for granted, if we ever could, because it is both more powerful and widespread than it has ever been, and more under threat.

This short book spells out the basic characteristics of modern-day democracy, its origins, its history, its current practice and problems, and its potential future.

About the Author

Steven Beller is a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Washington DC, and a former Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

1. Introduction: Why should we care about democracy? 2. What do we mean by "democracy"? 3. Where did democracy come from? 4. How does democracy work? 5. How democratic are today's democracies? 6. Is there a future for democracy? 7. Conclusion: Why we should care about democracy

ISBN: 9781444178876
ISBN-10: 1444178873
Series: All That Matters
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 25th October 2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 12.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1