Democracy: Clarifying the Muddle

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned political theorist John Dunn, University of Cambridge. Through an engaging dialogue format, John Dunn candidly shares his deep insights on the historical development and current significance and future of democracy in different parts of the world and the relevance of political science departments in achieving democracy and other worthwhile goals.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Democratic Daze, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Illusions and Confusions - Unmasking American stereotypes
II. Historical Examinations - The power of etymology
III. Thinking Deeper - Minimizing political bads
IV. Trust and Belief - Thinking critically
V. China - Challenging Western ideals?
VI. India - The world?s largest democracy
VII. Power to the People - Overthrowing autocracy and what happens next
VIII. Towards Progress - Why we should care about all of this
IX. Professional Indulgence - Critically examining ?political science?

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Publication date
September 30, 2020
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