A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2002
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No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. Nearly every regime today claims to be democratic, but not all 'democracies' allow free politics, and free politics existed long before democratic franchises.This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, from ancient Greece and Rome through the American, French, and Russian revolutions, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world. It argues that democracy is a necessary but not asufficient condition for good government, and that ideas of the rule of law, and of human rights, should in some situations limit democratic claims.
Publisher: Oxford :, Oxford University Press,, 2002
ISBN: 9780192802507
Branch Call Number: 321.8 CRI
Characteristics: 130 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm


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Jun 12, 2017

For the sort of book it is, it does a good job; it gets better the further one reads (the excellent points on pgs. 94ff and 107ff are worth taking special note of. The further reading list is long (I've already read much of it, but there are new discoveries I anticipate sinking into), but not overly much.

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