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Author Williamson, Chilton.
Title After Tocqueville : the promise and failure of democracy / Chilton Williamson.
Published Wilmington, Del. : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, c2012.
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 Floor3  JC421 .W547 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xxii, 264 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-245) and index.
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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Democracy -- History.
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Political science -- History.
Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859 -- Influence.
ISBN 1610170229 (hardback)
9781610170222 (hardback)
OCLC number 729341815