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Book review: democracy: the best regime in existence?

Fisher, Mark (2012) Book review: democracy: the best regime in existence? LSE Review of Books (02 Aug 2012). Website.

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How can democracy lead to such successful outcomes when its defining characteristic, elections, are so flawed? Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards draw on cutting-edge research in psychology and political science to investigate the question and suggest an answer. The authors argue that democracy works because regular elections, no matter how flawed, produce a variety of unintuitive, positive consequences. Mark Fisher is unconvinced however, finding that the authors fall into the trap of judging democracy by American standards. Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well. Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards. MIT Press. February 2012.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 15:09
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 23:17

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