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How Democracy Ends

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 256
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

How Democracy Ends

David Runciman

All political systems come to an end, even democracies - David Runciman shows us how to recognise the signs and how to think about what might come next.

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781259740 (Published 10 May 2018)

About the book

Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order, until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date.

Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes as Trump, Brexit and paranoid populism have become a reality.

David Runciman, one of the UK's leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising us on what could come next.

About the author

David Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies. He is the author of five previous books, including Political Hypocrisy, The Confidence Trap and Politics (for the Ideas in Profile series). He writes regularly about politics for the London Review of Books and hosts the widely acclaimed weekly podcast Talking Politics.


Praise for The Confidence Trap: Runciman's book abounds with fresh insights, arresting paradoxes, and new ways of posing old problems

- Andrew Gamble, Times Literary Supplement

This rich and refreshing book will be of intense interest to anyone puzzled by the near paralysis that seems to afflict democratic government in a number of countries

- John Gray, New York Review of Books

As a corrective to the doom-and-gloomsters, this book makes some telling points, and he is a clear and forceful writer

- Mark Mazower, Financial Times

Runciman is a good writer and brave pioneer. . . . The picture he sketches is agreeably bold

- Sydney Morning Herald

[An] ingenious account . . . Runciman concludes that democracy will probably survive, having made a delightfully stimulating, if counterintuitive case, that the unnerving tendency of democracies to stumble into crises is matched by their knack for getting out of them

- Publishers Weekly

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 256
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

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