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Breaking Democracy's Spell
John Dunn

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 misrepresent...

The Henry L. Stimson Lectures Series

2014   208 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300179910  $35.00 sc

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The Bet
Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future
 



If Mayors Ruled the World
Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities
 



The Snail Darter and the Dam
How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River
 



Famine Politics in Maoist China and the Soviet Union
 



The Passage to Europe
How a Continent Became a Union
 



A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
 



Gathering Together
The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600–1870
 



The Bigot
Why Prejudice Persists
 



Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude
Case Studies of the New Economy
 



The Great War and the Twentieth Century
 



Originalism, Federalism, and the American Constitutional Enterprise
A Historical Inquiry
 



Philosophy of Economy
The World as Household
 



The Constitutional Parent
Rights, Responsibilities, and the Enfranchisement of the Child
 



Making Make-Believe Real
Politics as Theater in Shakespeare's Time
 



Wildcat Currency
How the Virtual Money Revolution Is Transforming the Economy
 



The Compelling Ideal
Thought Reform and the Prison in China, 1901-1956
 



The Trouble with History
Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution
 



An Uncanny Era
Conversations between Václav Havel and Adam Michnik
 



Charter of the United Nations
Together with Scholarly Commentaries and Essential Historical Documents
 



Emperor of Liberty
Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy
 

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