How Democracy Ends
Paperback $22.99 - Profile Books
Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs - Published: 3/Jun/2019 - ISBN: 9781781259757
All political systems come to an end, even democracies - David Runciman shows us how to recognise the signs and how to think about what might come next. 'Scintillating ... thought-provoking ... one of the very best of the great crop of recent books on the subject.' - Observer
Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order, until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date.
Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes as Trump, Brexit and paranoid populism have become a reality.
David Runciman, one of the UK's leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising us on what could come next. David Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies. He is the author of five previous books, including Political Hypocrisy, The Confidence Trap and Politics (for the Ideas in Profile series). He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books and hosts the widely acclaimed weekly podcast Talking Politics.
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