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The Decline and Rise of DemocracyA Global History from Antiquity to Today$
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David Stasavage

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177465

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177465.001.0001

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The Ongoing Democratic Experiment

The Ongoing Democratic Experiment

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The Decline and Rise of Democracy

David Stasavage

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes the present day as an age of democratic anxiety. It talks about the palpable fear in the “advanced industrialized” world in which the anti-democratic reflexes not felt for many decades have suddenly reawakened. It also mentions comments by John Taylor and John Dunn, who pointed out that citizen participation is the first fracture point of modern democracy: citizen participation is very broad. The chapter looks at the second fracture point of modern democracy that concerns executive power. It clarifies that an elected leader at the helm of a modern democratic state can sometimes behave just as despotically as an autocrat.

Keywords:   democratic anxiety, anti-democratic, John Taylor, John Dunn, citizen participation, modern democracy, executive power, modern democratic state, autocrat

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