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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 However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date.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.
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- Mr. M. J. Dodd
Thoughtful and interesting
I'm a big fan of DR's podcast, Talking Politics. I found this a little ponderous in places. Gives a good account of recent populist victories and their shortcomings. If it has a failing it's that it's prone to jump from a fairly factual description of things that have happened recently, most of which you'll already be aware of if you're interested in current affairs, then pulls its punches on drawing conclusions, opting instead for a sort of no-one-can-tell-the-future stance.
Worth a listen, though, especially if you've enjoyed his other work.
3 people found this helpful
Good overview of the state of democracy
Lots of good insight on the system of democracy, it’s history, it’s current challenges, it’s potential threats. It’s entertaining enough and quite comprehensive, covering some interesting topics like the influence of AI. He’s very clear as a reader, but (understandably) it’s hardly the most exciting book in terms of performance or story.
1 person found this helpful
Fantasy fearnongering nonsense
I was looking forward to a serious and totally bipartisan, indeed not expecting to hear anything remotely bias. How disappointing to hear an apparently self reflecting human being carry bias, catastrophic thinking, exaggerated sound bites and ignorance. This is just a slaughter of Trump that if you are a Liberal left reactionary self illuminated you'll love. Oh and there was no collusion despite one of the greatest witch hunts in political history.
This is not a book supportive of the democracy but of wild bias thinking. Hiding behind his position and education he nit picks and muddies the plain facts.
The real threat to democracy is always from the think tank and the people that unthinking support the excess of the powerful. This is more applicable to previous administrations. No screening or short ripping then.
13 people found this helpful