Is Democracy Failing? : A primer for the 21st century (The Big Idea)


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Only four countries around the world do not currently define themselves as democracies. But many more do not fulfil the four basic requirements of democracy: free and fair elections, active participation of citizens in politics, protection of human rights, and the rule of law. Since 2015, far-right and populist politicians have been on the rise throughout the West.

Is populism the new face of democracy? Is democracy simply the will of the people? Can any existing government claim to be truly democratic? This captivating, articulate volume explores and interrogates each form of democracy and questions whether they remain fit for purpose today.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Evolution of Democracy 2. How Democracy Works 3. The Limits of Democracy 4. The Challenge to Democracy Conclusion

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