Breaking Democracy's Spell

Shopping Cart Notice

In order to purchase a book title from our shopping cart you must download and install the Mozilla Firefox browser. Please note, your Firefox privacy settings may block the shopping cart from working. You must enable the use of third-party cookies in your browser. If you're unable to download and install Firefox, you may also place your order directly from our fulfillment warehouse, Triliteral, by calling 1-800-405-1619. If you have received a promotional code for an event or conference purchase, please mention it when placing your order.
 
Please note that the Triliteral Call Center is open Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 5 pm EST. Due to the influx of calls, wait times may be longer than usual. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

John Dunn

View Inside Format: Cloth
Price: $56.00
YUP
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.
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 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. Consisting of four thought-provoking lectures, Dunn’s book sketches the path by which democracy became the only form of government with moral legitimacy, analyzes the contradictions and pitfalls of modern American democracy, and challenges the academic world to take responsibility for giving the world a more coherent understanding of this widely misrepresented political institution. Suggesting that the supposedly ideal marriage of liberal economics with liberal democracy can neither ensure its continuance nor even address the problems of contemporary life, this courageous analysis attempts to show how we came to be so gripped by democracy’s spell and why we must now learn to break it.
John Dunn is emeritus professor of political theory at King’s College, Cambridge, and one of the founders of the “Cambridge school” of political thought.
"Whenever Dunn speaks, alarm bells sound. This time, his targets are beliefs about democracy in the United States, which he finds to be complacent, confused, and parochial. The implications are profound, consequential, and ominous." - Adam Przeworski, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Politics, New York University

“Of the many excellent philosophers of democracy working today, John Dunn of Cambridge University is the one best attuned to its paradoxes.”  —Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times

“Intellectually bracing . . . Dunn—who has been for decades one of the most articulate critics in the face of democratic triumphalism—now seeks to clear a path out of the maze of our ill-founded aspirations and confusions. In Breaking Democracy’s Spell, he has concentrated on how, despite all appearances, we have never really known what democratic rule is in the first place.”—Thomas Meaney, Nation
ISBN: 9780300179910
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
208 pages, 5.5 x 8.25
The Henry L. Stimson Lectures Series
Financial Crises in Emerging Markets

An Essay on Financial Globalisation and Fragility

Alexandre Lamfalussy

View details
A Blueprint for War

FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America

Susan Dunn

View details
Crusade and Jihad

The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North

William R. Polk

View details
The Great Delusion

Liberal Dreams and International Realities

John J. Mearsheimer

View details