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Breaking Democracy’s Spell$
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John Dunn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179910

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179910.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Breaking Democracy’s Spell
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John Dunn

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179910.003.0001

This book examines the complex processes that make up democracy and the way people place their trust in it as a political idea or a specifiable form of government. It suggests that democracy, when applied to politics, is an idea that hovers constantly between credulity and paranoia. Its central thesis is that this faith in the vindicatory and directive force of our conception of democracy is utterly misplaced. It argues that in order to improve political judgment, it is necessary to recognize just what has recently happened to and through the still sometimes charismatic but almost never clarificatory meaning of democracy.

Keywords:   democracy, government, politics, paranoia, political judgment

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