No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. Nearly every regime today claims to be democratic, but not all "democracies" allow free politics, and free politics existed long before democratic franchises.
This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, from ancient Greece and Rome through the American, French, and Russian revolutions, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world. It argues that democracy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for good government, and that ideas of the rule of law, and of human rights, should in some situations limit democratic claims.
Many of us live in a democracy - but do we really understand what democracy is? Author Bernard Crick takes this ubiquitous yet mysterious political concept and skillfully breaks it down, illuminating the origins of democratic thought and practice and tracking its development as a political juggernaut through the ages in this fascinating and comprehensive addition to Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series.
Actor Bernadette Dunne performs this concise guide, her tart tone transforming this educational work into a truly engaging adventure through history. Dunne has a clear, sharp voice and she employs careful pacing throughout, guiding listeners skillfully through the philosophical musings and political machinations of this engrossing audiobook.
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