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Princeton University Pres
26 September 2017
Social & political philosophy; Politics & government; Political science & theory; Political structures: democracy
Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And they believe that political participation is good for us--it empowers us, helps us get what we want, and tends to make us smarter, more virtuous, and more caring for one another. These are some of our mos
By:   Jason Brennan
Preface by:   Jason Brennan
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 127mm, 
Weight:   255g
ISBN:   9780691178493
ISBN 10:   0691178496
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   26 September 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jason Brennan is the Flanagan Family Chair of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Ethics of Voting (Princeton), and Why Not Capitalism?. He writes regularly for Bleeding Heart Libertarians, a blog.

Reviews for Against Democracy: New Preface

One of Zocalo's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 Brennan has a bright, pugilistic style, and he takes a sportsman's pleasure in upsetting pieties and demolishing weak logic. --Caleb Crain, New Yorker A brash, well-argued diatribe against the democratic system. There is much to mull over in this brazen stab at the American electoral process... Sure to cause howls of disagreement, but in the current toxic partisan climate, Brennan's polemic is as worth weighing as any other. --Kirkus Important. --Ilya Somin, Washington Post Volokh Conspiracy The book makes compelling reading for what is typically a dry area of discourse. This is theory that skips, rather than plods. --Molly Sauter, Los Angeles Times Among the best works in political philosophy in recent memory. --Zachary Woodman, Students for Liberty Challenging and insightful. --Alexander William Salter, Public Choice Lucidly written in provocative, sometimes brash tones, it is especially useful for the undergraduate classroom. --Choice Against Democracy seems scarily prescient today. Writing well before the twin shocks of the Brexit and the U.S. elections, the Georgetown political scientist makes a powerful case that popular democracy can be dangerous--and, provocatively, that irrational and incompetent voters should be excluded from democratic decision-making. The case for elitism in governance never read so well. --Zocalo Public Square Meticulous [and] crisply written. --Tom Clark, Prospect


  • Short-listed for Zocalo's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 2016

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