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Democracy and Revolutionary Politics

by Neera Chandhoke

Democracy and political violence can hardly be considered conceptual siblings, at least at first sight. Democracy allows people to route their aspirations, demands, and expectations of the state through peaceful...


Conscience of a Conservative (Rediscovered Books): With linked Table of Contents

by Barry M. Goldwater

'The Conscience of a Conservative' reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. It influenced countless conservatives in the United States, and helped lay the foundation...


Rawls and Religion

by Tom Bailey & Valentina Gentile

John Rawls’s influential theory of justice and public reason has often been thought to exclude religion from politics, out of fear of its illiberal and destabilizing potentials. It has therefore been criticized...


Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, and Center

by Henry Mintzberg

Enough of the imbalance that is causing the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves. Enough of the pendulum politics of left and right and paralysis in...


The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country

by Richard Nelson

A Chekhovian quartet of plays examining the contemporary American experience.


The Tyranny of the Moderns

by Nadia Urbinati & Martin Thom

In a well-reasoned and thought-provoking polemic, respected political theorist Nadia Urbinati explores a profound shift in the ideology of individualism, from the ethical nineteenth-century standard, in which...


What Does Europe Want?: The Union and Its Discontents

by Slavoj ?i?ek & Srecko Horvat

Slavoj Žižek and Srecko Horvat combine their critical clout to emphasize the dangers of ignoring Europe’s growing wealth gap and the parallel rise in right-wing nationalism, which is directly tied to the...


Failed Statebuilding: Intervention, the State, and the Dynamics of Peace Formation

by Oliver Richmond

Western struggles-and failures-to create functioning states in countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan have inspired questions about whether statebuilding projects are at all viable, or whether they make the lives...


A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective

by Steven L. Taylor, Matthew Soberg Shugart & Arend Lijphart

Four distinguished scholars in political science analyze American democracy from a comparative point of view, exploring how the U.S. political system differs from that of thirty other democracies and what those...


A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

by Irving Howe, Nina Howe & Morris Dickstein

Man of letters, political critic, public intellectual, Irving Howe was one of America's most exemplary and embattled writers. Since his death in 1993 at age 72, Howe's work and his personal example of commitment...


Lobbying Uncovered?: Lobbying Registration in the European Union and the United States

by Lisa Moessing

To the public's eye, lobbying is still a highly obscure trade. Lobbyists are generally perceived to work behind closed doors in order to influence legislation—what really happens is unknown to the public. To...


The European Union's Democratization Policy for Central Asia: Failed in Success or Succeeded in Failure?

by Vera Axyonova

The European Union has developed a range of instruments to promote democracy and human rights worldwide. However, the success of its democratization efforts remains questionable in countries that lack an EU...


Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (Second Edition Text) (Rediscovered Books): With Linked Table of Contents

by Joseph A. Schumpeter

Schumpeter's Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy is perhaps the most important and influential book on the subject ever written. This volume is the result of an effort to weld into a readable form the bulk...


Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box: 50 Things You Need To Know About British Elections

by Philip Cowley, Robert Ford & Daniel Finkelstein

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED… … what emotions really influence where your cross goes on the ballot paper? … whether people are claiming to vote when they haven’t? … which party’s supporters are the kinkiest...


The Challenges to Democracy: Consensus and Extremism in American Politics

by Murray Clark Havens

Threats to American unity are not unique to modern times. In the 1960s, the assassination of President Kennedy, the tension of racial strife, the political extremes of the Radical Right with its John Birchers...


Democracy's Dangers & Discontents: The Tyranny of the Majority from the Greeks to Obama

by Bruce S. Thornton

By democracy we usually mean a government comprising popular rule, individual human rights and freedom, and a free-market economy. Yet the flaws in traditional Athenian democracy can instruct us on the weaknesses...


The 'Too Difficult' Box

by Charles Clarke

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE… BANKING? DRUG REGULATION? NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT? PROSTITUTION? PENSIONS? It’s no secret that a myriad of long-term problems facing our society are not effectively dealt with...


Breaking Democracy's Spell

by John Dunn

In this timely and important work, eminent political theorist John Dunn argues that democracy is not synonymous with good government. The author explores the labyrinthine reality behind the basic concept of...


On Democracy's Doorstep

by J. Douglas Smith

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

A Slate Best Book of 2014

The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United States

As chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court,...


Growing Democracy in Japan: The Parliamentary Cabinet System Since 1868

by Brian Woodall

The world's third largest economy and a stable democracy, Japan remains a significant world power; but its economy has become stagnant, and its responses to the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the...