Nation Of Devils: Democratic Leadership And The Problem Of Obedience

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

byStein Ringen

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Oxford University political theorist Stein Ringen offers a thought-provoking meditation on the art of democratic rule: how does a government persuade the people to accept its authority? Every government must make unpopular demands of its citizens, from levying taxes to enforcing laws and monitoring compliance to regulations. The challenge, Ringen argues, is that power is not enough; the populace must also be willing to be led. Ringen addresses this political conundrum unabashedly, using the United States and Britain as his prime examples, providing sharp opinions and cogent analyses on how the culture of national obedience is created and nurtured. He explores the paths leaders must choose if they wish to govern by authority rather than power, or, as the philosopher Immanuel Kant put it, to “maintain order in a nation of devils.”

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Oxford University political theorist Stein Ringen offers a thought-provoking meditation on the art of democratic rule: how does a government persuade the people to accept its authority? Every government must make unpopular demands of its citizens, from levying taxes to enforcing laws and monitoring compliance to regulations. The challenge, Ringen argues, is that power is not enough; the populace m...

Stein Ringen is professor emeritus of sociology and social policy at Oxford University. He lives in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030019319X

ISBN - 13:9780300193190

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