The Case against Democracy
by Steven Michels
February 2013, 316pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0282-9
$64, £48, 54€, A92
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-0283-6
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The case for democracy is an intrinsic part of our political culture. This non-partisan book provides the other side of the story via well-researched history and current events that illuminate the theory and practice of democracy.

Are the politics of the United States to blame for its current unsteady footing in the 21st century? This book aims to answer this uncomfortable but relevant question by examining the strengths and weaknesses of democracy, addressing complex topics such as the history of liberalism, the relationship between democracy and capitalism, the nature of representation, and the difference between government and politics.

Each of the book’s chapters focuses on a recognized shortcoming of popular government, such as inefficiency, self-interestedness, and non-participation. Each section begins by focusing on current events and tracing issues back through history—through to the American founding, and in many instances, to antiquity. In the conclusion, the author proposes a series of thought-provoking fixes.

Steven Michels is associate professor of political science at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. His published work includes a number of articles and chapters on politics and culture, including "Can The Daily Show Save Democracy?" in The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News; "Religion, Rhetoric, and Running for Office: Public Reason on the Campaign Trail" in Religious Voices in Public Places; and "Democracy in Plato's Laws" in Journal of Social Philosophy.
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