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Is Democracy Failing?

A Primer for the 21st Century

The Big Idea Series


Niheer Dasandi (Author)

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This captivating entry in the "Big Idea" series explores the history of democracy, as well as its evolution and viability moving forward.

Only four countries around the world do not currently define themselves as democracies. However, many more do not fulfill the four basic requirements of democracy: free and fair elections, active participation of citizens in politics, protection of human rights, and the rule of law. Recently, far-right and populist politicians have been on the rise throughout the West. Is populism the new face of democracy? Is democracy simply the will of the people? Can any existing government claim to be truly democratic?

In Is Democracy Failing?, writer Niheer Dasandi, an expert in government and political science, investigates these questions with careful consideration. This captivating, articulate volume in the “Big Idea” series explores the state of democracy today and whether it remains a viable form of government. 

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-500-29365-2
  • 6 × 9.1 in / 144 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.