Summary of Democracy's Good Name

The Rise and Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government

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As the world becomes wealthier, it becomes more democratic.


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Michael Mandelbaum looks at the complex political concepts and historical forces that shaped the rise of modern democratic nations. He explicates the origins of modern democracy and how it is changing in today’s globally interconnected world, and explains the relationships between historical and current events. Although you may not agree with some of his assumptions – about the interdependence of free markets and democracy, for example – his book is thought-provoking and illuminating. getAbstract recommends it to managers and executives whose responsibilities cross borders, and to history buffs and others who wish to understand current political developments.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How democracy evolved over the past 50 years
  • What makes democracies work
  • How the Soviet Union, China and the Arab nations have attempted in their own ways to become democracies


Individual Rights versus Popular Sovereignty
Between 1975 and 2000, 30 nations adopted democratic forms of government. By 2005, 119 countries around the world counted themselves as democracies, making democracy the most practiced form of government in the world. The growth of this form...
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About the Author

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of 10 books, including The Ideas That Conquered the World and The Case for Goliath.

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