Theme: Political Ideas | Content Type: Book review

Review: How Democracies Live. Power, Statecraft, and Freedom in Modern Societies, by Stein Ringen

Edmund Fawcett

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Giovanni Paolo Panini

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Many books lately have told us of democracy's decline or death. Stein Ringen is not so glum. Focussing on the representative kind, he thinks democracy is alive and can stay alive on two related conditions. Government needs to be much better at its job. People must accept that governments, not they, are in charge.

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  • Edmund Fawcett

    Edmund Fawcett

    Edmund Fawcett is author of Liberalism: The Life of an Idea (2nd 2018) and Conservatism: The Fight for a Tradition (2020).

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