Democracy surrounds us like the air we breathe, and is normally taken very much for granted. Across the world democracy has become accepted as an unquestionably good thing. Yet upon further examination the merits of democracy are both paradoxical and problematic, and the treasured values of liberty and equality can be used to argue both for and against it.
In the historical section of his book, Democracy, Ross Harrison traces the history of democracy by examining the works of, among others, Plato and Aristotle, Hegel and Marx.
Informed by facts and detailed knowledge of these famous thinkers, Harrison provides a clear, cogent justification of democracy.
- Fragile Democracies: Contested Power in the Era of Constitutional Courts by Samuel Issacharoff (Cambridge, 2015)