Introducing Democracy

Introducing Democracy : 80 Questions and Answers

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This textbook, specially commissioned by UNESCO, addresses eighty of the most pressing questions about democracy today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 147 x 223 x 16mm | 326g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745615198
  • 9780745615196

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What is democracy? Why should we value it? What is the relationbetween democracy and individual rights? Is majority rule alwaysdemocratic? Why do we have political parties? Are some electoralsystems more democratic than others? What is the relation betweennationalism and democracy, or democracy and a market economy? Howcan democracy be maintained and improved? What difference does itmake to ordinary people? What is its future?

These are only some of the questions addressed in this importantnew textbook. Its authors were specially commissioned by UNESCO toassemble eighty of the most pressing questions about democracy inthe world today, and to provide clear and authoritative answers tothem. The result is a masterpiece of succinct exposition, whichwill be of value to all those who want to know more aboutdemocratic theory and practice, of value to students, interestedcitizens, political activists or employees in the public service, whether they live in established or developing democracies.

The questions are systematically arranged in six sections: basicconcepts and principles; free and fair elections; open andaccountable government; individual rights and their defence;democratic or civil society; the future of democracy. The bookforms an outstanding introduction to what is, perhaps, the mostimportant concept in politics.
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Table of contents

1. Basic Concepts and Principles.
2. Free and Fair Elections.

3. Open and Accountable Government.

4. Individual Rights and their Defence.

5. Democratic or Civil Society.

6. The Future of Democracy.

Further Reading.
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"Valuable as a primer in liberal democracy, and helpful in initial discussions of democracy." Global Times "This book is written by two of the best interpreters of democracy and human rights in this country. It is so well written (and illustrated, with cartoons) that I believe it to be understandable to anyone aged 11 or more and is interesting and relevant enough to be recommended to everyone, especially voters." Newsletter of the Citizenship Foundation
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