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Democracy against itself : sustaining an unsustainable idea

Author: Mark Chou, (Political scientist)
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By their very nature, all democracies have the potential to destroy themselves. But this fact is too rarely documented by acolytles of the system. In the decades since Joseph Goebbels, then Reich Minister of Propaganda, reminded the world that it 'will always remain one of the best jokes of democracy, that it gave its deadly enemies the means by which it was destroyed', democrats have quickly forgotten just how  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Chou, (Political scientist)
ISBN: 9780748681884 0748681884
OCLC Number: 870290904
Description: xii, 179 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Democracy against itself --
Democray in Athens: autonomy, tragedy and decline --
Democide in Weimar: militant democracy and the paradox of self-defence --
The coming authoritarianism: the state of America's democracy --
China's new authoritarianism: a glimpse at our post-democratic future? --
Occupy democracy: democracy against itself and the global occupy movement.
Responsibility: Mark Chou.
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Using 4 case studies - democratic Athens, the Weimar Republic, contemporary American democracy and China's fledging efforts to democratise - Mark Chou examines why democracy is prone to  Read more...

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