The last half of the 20th century has been an era of democratic triumph. The main anti-democratic regimes - communist, fascist, Nazi - have disappeared, and new democracies are emerging vigorously or tentatively throughout the world. In this book, one of the most prominent political theorists of our time provides a primer on democracy that clarifies what it is, why it is valuable, how it works, and what challenges it confronts in the future.
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Review: On DemocracyUser Review - Paul Miller - Goodreads
An excellent, concise, and occasionally eloquent overview of democracy: what it is, why it's good, and challenges it faces. This is a simple, down-to-earth, undergraduate-level text. Dahl falters ... Read full review
Review: On DemocracyUser Review - Andy Janes - Goodreads
A really good, quick and fun read about some of the basics of democracy. A great starter for the study of our governments. Read full review
Do We Really Need a Guide?
Where and How Did Democracy Develop? A Brief History
What Lies Ahead?
What Is Democracy?
Why Political Equality I? Intrinsic Equality
Why Political Equality II? Civic Competence
What Political Institutions Does LargeScale Democracy Require?
Why MarketCapitalism Favors Democracy
Why MarketCapitalism Harms Democracy
The Unfinished Journey
On Electoral Systems
Political Accommodation in Culturally or Ethnically Divided Countries
On Counting Democratic Countries