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Democracy

Svend-Erik Skaaning

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A short but engaging look at democracy: what it is, how it compares to other forms of rule, and why it makes a difference.

What is democracy? And even if it can be defined, can true democracy ever be achieved? Without a definition, dictators can pose as democrats and the oppressed can see despotism as the answer to their prayers. But true democracy, author Svend-Erik Skaaning argues, will not automatically solve the world's problems. It is contentious and unfair, even as it keeps tyrants at bay. In Democracy, Skaaning defines democracy, charts its rise, revival, and resurgence across history…

A short but engaging look at democracy: what it is, how it compares to other forms of rule, and why it makes a difference.

What is democracy? And even if it can be defined, can true democracy ever be achieved? Without a definition, dictators can pose as democrats and the oppressed can see despotism as the answer to their prayers. But true democracy, author Svend-Erik Skaaning argues, will not automatically solve the world's problems. It is contentious and unfair, even as it keeps tyrants at bay. In Democracy, Skaaning defines democracy, charts its rise, revival, and resurgence across history and nations, and discusses when democracy has made a difference—and when and why it has failed.

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7.1
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60
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9781421444819
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Democracy-Lovers All?
Chapter 2. Defining Democracy
Chapter 3. Rise, Revival, Resurgence
Chapter 4. What Makes Democracy Bloom?
Chapter 5. But Does It Make A Difference?

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Svend-Erik Skaaning

Svend-Erik Skaaning (AARHUS, DK) is a professor in the Department of Social Science at Aarhus University.