How Democracy Ends by David Runciman

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Runciman’s flair for turning a pithy and pungent phrase is one of the things to admire about his writing. The cogency, subtlety and style with which he teases out the paradoxes and perils faced by democracy makes this one of the very best of the great crop of recent books on the subject.
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How will democracy end? And what will replace it? A preeminent political scientist examines the past, present, and future of an endangered political philosophy
Since the end of World War II, democracy's sweep across the globe seemed inexorable. Yet today, it seems radically imperiled, even in some of the world's most stable democracies. How bad could things get?
In How Democracy Ends, David Runciman argues that we are trapped in outdated twentieth-century ideas of democratic failure. By fixating on coups and violence, we are focusing on the wrong threats. Our societies are too affluent, too elderly, and too networked to fall apart as they did in the past. We need new ways of thinking the unthinkable--a twenty-first-century vision of the end of democracy, and whether its collapse might allow us to move forward to something better.
A provocative book by a major political philosopher, How Democracy Ends asks the most trenchant questions that underlie the disturbing patterns of our contemporary political life.
 

About David Runciman

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David Runciman is professor of politics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity Hall. His books include "The Politics of Good Intentions" and "Political Hypocrisy" (both Princeton). He writes regularly about politics for the "London Review of Books".
 
Published June 5, 2018 by Basic Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mark Mazower on Jun 21 2018

How Democracy Ends is a wonderful read and contains much good sense. It is fond of the contrarian position, overfond perhaps.

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Reviewed by Andrew Rawnsley on May 20 2018

Runciman’s flair for turning a pithy and pungent phrase is one of the things to admire about his writing. The cogency, subtlety and style with which he teases out the paradoxes and perils faced by democracy makes this one of the very best of the great crop of recent books on the subject.

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