All political systems come to an end, even democracies - David Runciman shows us how to recognise the signs and how to think about what might come next.
David Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies. He is the author of five previous books, including Political Hypocrisy, The Confidence Trap and Politics (for the Ideas in Profile series). He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books and hosts the widely acclaimed weekly podcast Talking Politics.
Scintillating ... thought-provoking ... 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. -- Andrew Rawnsley * Observer *
Bracingly intelligent ... a wonderful read -- Mark Mazower * Guardian *
Presented in pellucid prose free of the jargon of academic political science, How Democracy Ends is a strikingly readable and richly learned contribution to understanding the world today ... surely one of the most luminously intelligent books on politics to have been published for many years. -- John Gray * New Statesman *
Breezy yet incisive...Runciman may not have all the answers, but there is certainly plenty of nourishment here. -- Klaus Dodds * Geographical *
Full of intriguing new lines of thought -- Gideon Rachman * FT *
Refreshingly, rather than a knicker-twisting diatribe about Trump and Brexit, Runciman offers a thoughtful analysis about what popular democracy means, and its alternatives. -- Katrina Gulliver * Spectator *
Refreshingly free of received and rehearsed wisdoms, Runciman doesn't tiptoe around sacred cows and invites us to take part in that most adult way of thinking: to examine contradictory ideas in tandem and ponder what the dissonance amounts to. . . . [H]e argues lucidly, persuasively, even exhilaratingly at times. The nightly news will never appear exactly the same again * Australian *