How Democracy Ends

How Democracy Ends

by David Runciman


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How will democracy end? And what will replace it? A preeminent political scientist examines the past, present, and future of an endangered political philosophy

Since the end of World War II, democracy's sweep across the globe seemed inexorable. Yet today, it seems radically imperiled, even in some of the world's most stable democracies. How bad could things get?

In How Democracy Ends, David Runciman argues that we are trapped in outdated twentieth-century ideas of democratic failure. By fixating on coups and violence, we are focusing on the wrong threats. Our societies are too affluent, too elderly, and too networked to fall apart as they did in the past. We need new ways of thinking the unthinkable — a twenty-first-century vision of the end of democracy, and whether its collapse might allow us to move forward to something better.

A provocative book by a major political philosopher, How Democracy Ends asks the most trenchant questions that underlie the disturbing patterns of our contemporary political life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541616783
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 588,803
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Runciman is a professor of politics at Cambridge University. The author of five previous books and a contributing editor to the London Review of Books, he hosts the widely-acclaimed podcast Talking Politics. Runciman lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Preface Thinking the unthinkable 1

Introduction 20 January 2017 11

1 Coup! 26

2 Catastrophe! 82

3 Technological takeover! 120

4 Something better? 165

Conclusion This is how democracy ends 207

Epilogue 20 January 2053 219

Further Reading 225

Acknowledgements 230

Notes 232

Index 239

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