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After Tocqueville : the promise and failure of democracy / Chilton Williamson
Bib ID 6160743
Format BookBook
Author
Williamson, Chilton
 
Description Wilmington, Del. : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, c2012 
xxii, 264 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 1610170229
9781610170222
Summary

"When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his seminal work Democracy in America (1835), he regarded democracy as the future of the West. Subsequent events, from the collapse of communism to the recent popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, seem to confirm his prescience. But a closer look at the history of democracy from the 1830s down to the present reveals a far more complicated picture. In fact, author Chilton Williamson Jr. concludes, the future appears rather unpromising for democratic institutions around the world. After Tocqueville traces that history and examines that future. Williamson shows that in Europe democracy has tended toward socialism, in America toward nationalism. Indeed, the definitions and concepts of "democracy" have become so varied that the very term democracy is in effect meaningless--something upon which people have never been able to agree, and never will"--

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-245) and index.

Subjects Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859 -- Influence.  |  Democracy -- History..  |  Democracy -- Philosophy.  |  Political science -- History.

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