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The People vs. Democracy


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Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America.


We can no longer assume that liberal democracy is the wave of the future. This splendid book is an invaluable contribution to the debate about what ails democracy, and what can be done about it.--Michael J. Sandel, author of Justice
Mounk convincingly argues that democracy and liberalism are not synonymous and that in the face of uneven growth and a multicultural world, friction (or worse) between the two concepts is now almost predictable. The People vs. Democracy delivers a clear-eyed take on how liberal democracy fell out of favor in swaths of the Anglosphere and elsewhere.-- (03/04/2018)
Democracy is going through its worst crisis since the 1930s. The number of countries that can plausibly be described as democracies is shrinking. Strongmen are in power in several countries that once looked as if they were democratizing, notably Russia, Turkey and Egypt. The United States--the engine room of democratization for most of the post-war period--has a president who taunted his opponent with chants of 'lock her up' and refused to say if he would accept the result of the election if it went against him. But what exactly is the nature of this crisis? And what is driving it? Yascha Mounk's The People vs. Democracy stands out in a crowded field for the quality of its answers to these questions. Mounk provides an admirable mixture of academic expertise and political sense... A chastening read for all sorts of reasons.-- (03/15/2018)
Why is it that strong leaders, who have come to hold the highest political office through free and fair elections, are today kindling anxieties of authoritarianism? In the very readable and engaging book The People vs. Democracy, Harvard political theorist Yascha Mounk offers a compelling account of the phenomenon of populism, explains its causes and proposes remedies... It is in describing the impetus for the crisis of liberal democracy that Mounk is at his sparkling best.-- (06/07/2018)

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