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Breaking Democracy’s Spell

John Dunn


This book argues that democracy is not synonymous with good government. It explores the labyrinthine reality behind the basic concept of democracy, demonstrating how the political system that people in the West generally view as straightforward and obvious is, in fact, deeply unclear and, in many cases, dysfunctional. It sketches the path by which democracy became the only form of government with moral legitimacy, analyzes the contradictions and pitfalls of democracy in modern America, and challenges the academic world to take responsibility for giving the world a more coherent understanding o ... More

Keywords: democracy, good government, moral legitimacy, America, liberal economics, liberal democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300179910
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dunn, author
King's College, Cambridge

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