Democracy Rules

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After the acrimony of Brexit, the shock of Trump, and the continued pull of Putin and Xi it seems that democracy is in a state of decay. And as governments around the world struggle to combat the coronavirus – often adopting draconian measures as a response – there is a sense, a panic, that democracy’s decline may be terminal. But how many of us are certain about what democracy actually is? Acclaimed political philosopher Jan-Werner Müller lucidly argues that in order for us to understand the true risks of our current moment, we must first establish an understanding of first principles. What is essential for democracy to flourish? How can we defend it without forever distorting its DNA? In this volume, he explains how democracy is founded not just on liberty and equality, but also on uncertainty.

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Weight0.377 kg
Dimensions22.2 × 14.4 × 2.6 cm
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Hardback

Pages

256

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English

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321.8 (edition:23)

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College – higher education / Code: F

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‘Lively. . . This is one of those rare books about a pressing subject that reads less like a forced march than an inviting stroll . . . A book that encourages thinking, observation and discernment’ New York Times

One of our most essential political thinkers offers a vital account of democracy in the twenty-first century

Everyone knows that democracy is in trouble, but do we know what democracy actually is? Political philosopher Jan-Werner Müller, author of the widely acclaimed What Is Populism?, takes us back to basics.

In this short, elegant volume, he explains how democracy is founded on three vital principles: liberty, equality, and also uncertainty. The latter, he argues, is crucial for ensuring democracy’s dynamic and creative character. Authoritarians, as well as Big Tech, seek to render politics (and individual citizens) predictable; democracy holds open the possibility that new ideas, movements and identities can be created.

Acknowledging fully the dangers posed by populism, by kleptocratic autocracies like Russia’s and by the digital authoritarianism of Xi, Müller also challenges the assumptions made by many liberals defending democracy in recent years. He shows how the secession of plutocratic elites in the West has undermined much of democracy’s promise. In response, we need to re-invigorate our institutions, especially political parties and professional media, but also make it easier for citizens to mobilize.

Taking on many of the most difficult political questions we face, this book is a vital rethinking of what democracy is, and how we can reinvent our social contract.

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Weight0.377 kg
Dimensions22.2 × 14.4 × 2.6 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

321.8 (edition:23)

Readership

College – higher education / Code: F