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Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience

Stein Ringen


This book 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, this book argues, is that power is not enough; the populace must also be willing to be led. The book 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 c ... More

Keywords: democratic rule, regulations, leaders, authority, Immanuel Kant, democratic leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300193190
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300193190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stein Ringen, author