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The Resource Soft despotism, democracy's drift : Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville & the modern prospect, Paul A. Rahe

Soft despotism, democracy's drift : Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville & the modern prospect, Paul A. Rahe

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Soft despotism, democracy's drift : Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville & the modern prospect
Title
Soft despotism, democracy's drift
Title remainder
Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville & the modern prospect
Statement of responsibility
Paul A. Rahe
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1989, the Cold War abruptly ended and it seemed as if the world was at last safe for democracy. But a spirit of uneasiness, discontent, and world-weariness soon arose and has persisted in Europe, in America, and elsewhere for two decades. To discern the meaning of this malaise we must investigate the nature of liberal democracy, says the author of this provocative book, and he undertakes to do so through a detailed investigation of the thinking of Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Tocqueville. Paul A. Rahe argues that these political thinkers anticipated the modern liberal republic's propensity to drift in the direction of 'soft despotism' -- a condition that arises within a democracy when paternalistic state power expands and gradually undermines the spirit of self-government. Such an eventuality, feared by Tocqueville in the nineteenth century, has now become a reality throughout the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. So Rahe asserts, and he explains what must be done to reverse this unfortunate trend."--Publisher description
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DLC
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Rahe, Paul Anthony
Dewey number
321.8
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.R246 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
  • Democracy
  • Republicanism
Label
Soft despotism, democracy's drift : Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville & the modern prospect, Paul A. Rahe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-349) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Modern Republic Examined. Principles ; Uneasiness -- The Modern Republic Revisited. The Enlightenment Indicted ; Sociability as a Malady ; Citizenship as a Remedy -- The Democratic Republic Considered. Democratic Despotism ; American Exceptionalism ; The French Disease ; A Despotism of Administrators
Control code
253839307
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 374 pages
Isbn
9780300144925
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008039281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)253839307
Label
Soft despotism, democracy's drift : Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville & the modern prospect, Paul A. Rahe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-349) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Modern Republic Examined. Principles ; Uneasiness -- The Modern Republic Revisited. The Enlightenment Indicted ; Sociability as a Malady ; Citizenship as a Remedy -- The Democratic Republic Considered. Democratic Despotism ; American Exceptionalism ; The French Disease ; A Despotism of Administrators
Control code
253839307
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 374 pages
Isbn
9780300144925
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008039281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)253839307

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