Life And Death Of Democracy,the by John KeaneLife And Death Of Democracy,the by John Keane

Life And Death Of Democracy,the

byJohn Keane

Hardcover | July 28, 2009

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In the grand tradition of Paul Kennedy’s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers comes this provocative history of world democracy, which begins with the ancient Myceans and ends in our fractious present. Overturning long-cherished notions, John Keane poses challenging questions: Did democracy actually begin in ancient Greece or earlier in Mesopotamia? Do the American and British systems actually live up to their democratic ideals? Why is there a bad moon rising over the world’s democracies? Written by a leading political theorist, this book presents readers with a counterintuitive look at democracy’s past, present, and future, which Keane argues lies not in the West but in the turbulent democracies of the East, especially in India. Avoiding the triumphalism of global democracy’s most boisterous pundits, Keane cautions that democracy today is more fragile than ever and that, unless major corrective measures are taken, we may be sleepwalking our way into even deeper trouble.
John Keane, a professor of politics at the University of Westminster and the director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, is the author of many books, including the widely translated The Media and Democracy. He lives in London.
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Title:Life And Death Of Democracy,theFormat:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 2 inPublished:July 28, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393058352

ISBN - 13:9780393058352

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Starred Review. Traces democracy's roots back to Sumeria and follows its tendrils as far afield as Pitcairn Island and Papua New Guinea….engrossing profiles of obscure politicians and reformers…his study's broad sweep, wealth of detailed knowledge, shrewd insights and fluent, lively prose make it a must-read for scholars and citizens alike. — Publishers Weekly