Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government

Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government

by Michael Mandelbaum

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Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government by Michael Mandelbaum

The last thirty years have witnessed one of the most remarkable developments in history: the rapid rise of democracy around the world. In 1900, only ten countries were democracies and by 1975 there were only 30. Today, 119 of the world's 190 countries have adopted this form of government, and it is by far the most celebrated and prestigious one.

How did democracy acquire its good name? Why did it spread so far and so fast? Why do important countries remain undemocratic? And why do efforts to export democracy so often fail and even make conditions worse?

In Democracy's Good Name, Michael Mandelbaum, one of America's leading foreign policy thinkers, answers these questions. He surveys the methods and risks of promoting democracy, and analyzes the prospects for the establishment of democratic governments in Russia, China, and the Arab world.

Written in Mandelbaum's clear and accessible style, Democracy's Good Name presents a lucid, comprehensive, and surprising account of the history and future of democracy from the American Revolution to the occupation of Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586486303
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 12/07/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 375 KB

About the Author

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of ten books, including The Ideas That Conquered the World and The Case For Goliath.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
The Origins of Democracy     1
The Triumph of Democracy     1
The Two Traditions     7
The Odd Couple     16
The Career of Popular Sovereignty     27
The Trials of Liberty     37
Democracy from Without: The Course of Modern History     47
The Leading Brand     47
English Exceptionalism     52
The Two World Wars     66
The Contest of Systems     72
The American Era     82
Democracy from Within: The Magic of the Market     93
The Constant Companion     93
The Wealth Effect     100
Civil Society     104
The School for Democracy     110
Market Failures     121
Democracy and Peace     137
Modernity and Peace     137
Popular Sovereignty and Peace     146
Liberty and Peace     151
Democracy Versus Peace     159
Democracy and Terrorism     169
The Future of Democracy     179
Democracy-Promotion     179
Democracy in Russia     190
Democracy in China     205
Democracy in the Arab World     218
Democracy in the Democracies     235
Notes     245
Index     299

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