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The Decline and Rise of Democracy

A Global History from Antiquity to Today

David Stasavage



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Princeton University Pres
15 May 2020
One of the most important books on political regimes written in a generation. -Steven Levitsky, New York Times-bestselling author of How Democracies Die A new understanding of how and why early democracy took hold, how modern democracy evolved, and what this teaches us about the future Historical accounts of democracy's rise tend to focus on a
By:   David Stasavage
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9780691177465
ISBN 10:   0691177465
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   15 May 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Stasavage is dean for the social sciences and Julius Silver Professor of Politics at New York University. His books include Taxing the Rich and States of Credit (both Princeton). Twitter @stasavage

Reviews for The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today

I opened The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today, by David Stasavage (Princeton, 2020), hoping to find insights on the prospects for democracy in Russia, and China. And so I did. I closed the book with a better understanding of American democracy as well. ---David Warsh, Economic Principals An outstanding volume that analyses the development of democracy and autocracy in a refreshing and relevant way. ---Simon Sebag Montefiore, BBC History Magazine A rich and coherent account of democracy's evolution over millennia and across diverse geographical and environmental settings, a deep history . . . . This volume helps us look into the future, and one might be unsettled by what can be seen. ---Varghese K. George, The Hindu Stasavage makes the compelling case that democracy-the desire to have agency and restrain power from above-is a deeply human instinct. . . . In his telling of the journey from early democracy to its modern founding, Stasavage expands our vision and reminds us that deep desire for control over our lives is a profoundly human instinct that is not particular to one group, one religion, or one civilization. ---David Muir, The American Interest Democracy is a naturally occurring condition in humanity societies. This single idea sets Stasavage apart from so many theorists who look to the past. ---Justin Kempf, Democracy Paradox One of BBC History Magazine's Best Books of 2020 A bracing stringency is one of the virtues of The Decline and Rise of Democracy. It sweeps across the globe in command of recent scholarship. . . . It shows how complex democracy's patterns are and, on the evidence, how simpler accounts of its past and prospects stumble. * The Economist * A fascinating voyage through time and place. ---Pierre Lemieux, Regulation

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