Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Story of Democracy

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

Yet not everyone is so cynical about democracy. In fact, today democracy is almost universally recognized as the only legitimate form of government.

Not bad for an idea that was moribund for about 2000 years.

But what is democracy? Where did it come from? How has it changed? Why is it such a dominant force today?

John Dunn, a professor of Political Theory at Cambridge University, has written a book to answer those questions called Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy.

Check out a review of this book by Patrick Basham of the Democracy Institute.

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