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The Spirit of Democracy: Corruption, Disintegration, Renewal

Sofia Näsström


How does one revitalize democracy in times of crisis? Democracy is today challenged by populism and elitism, as well as by the resurgence of new forms of authoritarianism. The Spirit of Democracy: Corruption, Disintegration, Renewal shows that while we have good reasons to worry about the corruption of democratic practices and ideals, these worries are often attributable to questionable assumptions about what democracy is. Drawing on Montesquieu’s classical work on the spirit of laws, the book sets out to reconceive the ways in which we understand and conceptualize modern democracy: from sover ... More

Keywords: citizenship, corruption, democracy, election, emancipation, equality, freedom, Montesquieu, the social question, uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192898869
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192898869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sofia Näsström, author
Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University

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