As the U.S. strives to establish democracy in Iraq and contemplates its own democratic system in the wake of a series of controversial presidential elections, David Beetham offers new insights into democracy. He looks at real examples such as the role of the citizen and how large corporations affect democracy as well as contemplating the future of democracy in the developed and developing worlds.
David Beetham is Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Leeds, a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, and Associate Director of the UK Democratic Audit. He is the author and editor of numerous books and papers, including Political Power and Democratic Control in Britain (with Stuart Weir, 1999). He has travelled internationally in his capacity as consultant on democracy assessment, and is a leading contributor to the field of human rights.
"Much more than an excellent introduction to 'democracy'. An informative, engaging, and inspiring book that goes beyond what one would expect in a 'beginner's' guide, without making itself inaccessible."
– Political Studies
"Beetham's book should stimulate anyone, beginner or expert, who is interested in the survival and renewal of democracy in the era of globalization."
– Peter Singer - Author of The President Of Good And Evil: Taking George Bush Seriously
"A strong and shrewd mixture of analysis and polemic…If more was not to come, I would call this the author's crowning achievement."
– Sir Bernard Crick - Emeritus Professor of Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Demo