The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today
The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today3.33 3 5 Author: David Stastavage Narrator: Tom Perkins
Drawing from examples spanning several millennia, Stasavage first considers why states developed either democratic or autocratic styles of governance and argues that early democracy tended to develop in small places with a weak state and, counterintuitively, simple technologies. When central state institutions (such as a tax bureaucracy) were absent–as in medieval Europe–rulers needed consent from their populace to govern. When central institutions were strong–as in China or the Middle East–consent was less necessary and autocracy more likely. He then explores the transition from early to modern democracy, which first took shape in England and then the United States, illustrating that modern democracy arose as an effort to combine popular control with a strong state over a large territory.
More information about the audiobook:Publisher: Tantor Audio
Length: 11H 34Min
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