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Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose

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Democracy does not deliver on the things we have assumed are its natural outcomes. This, coupled with a growing sense of malaise in both new and established democracies forms the basis to the assertion made by some, that these are not democracies at all.

Through considerable, impressive empirical analysis of a variety of voting methods, across twenty different nations, Rosl

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Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by Zed Books (first published October 15th 2015)
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Dominik
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thought-provoking. Stronger on history than on offering solutions for the modern day. Definitely eye-opening to learn about Athenian democracy as it actually was vs. Roman republicanism as it actually was, as opposed to popularization or misinterpretation.

Suffers a bit from purple prose ("blatantly outrageous", etc.) and some awkward sentence structure.

The section on NGOs and the IMF/World Bank was particularly surprising; as was the historical perspective of Socrates's involvement with the Thir
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Julia Rosa
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Um livro no mínimo interessante pro momento político do mundo (e escrevo em português especialmente porque acho que tem pontos importantes pro Brasil).

Apesar da escrita ser exageradamente "informal" e usando expressões mais de blog do que de uma pesquisa acadêmica, tenho poucas críticas.

O livro traz um panorama muito interessante e necessário do que realmente era a democracia ateniense em comparação com a democracia representativa da maioria dos países ocidentais hoje em dia - e os problemas q
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blakeR
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I found out about this book from an excellent rebuttal of the oafish Andrew Sullivan that Fuller penned in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The article itself was somewhat of a summary of this book, and can perhaps best be encapsulated by the following excerpt:
If the United States were a democracy, it would have no need for Black Lives Matter, because any citizen would be able to report police brutality to the Assembly at any point and have a judgment rendered immediately instead of suffering in
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