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The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd Edition

The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897071-63-2
Pages 152
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Richard Swift.
Published in Canada in association with Internationalist Publications™ Publications Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2010.


In this updated edition of The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, Richard Swift explores how democracy has been constricted and deformed by economic power-brokers and a self-serving political class from Birmingham to Bangalore.

The book includes chapter-length discussions of topics such as the economic meltdown, Barack Obama, eco-democracy, democratizing the economy, and democracy in the Global South. It is not only a guide to the rich diversity of forms of elected government, but it also contains practical ideas for empowering today's voters around the world.

  • Foreword by C. Douglas Lummis
  • Introduction
  • What is democracy?
  • Democratic malaise
  • Weak and strong democracy
  • Democratizing the economy
  • Beyond the nation-state
  • Democratizing democracy
  • Democracy and ecology
  • Strong democracy in the Global South
  • Conclusion
  • Contacts
  • Bibliography
  • Index
About the author: Richard Swift was a co-editor of New Internationalist magazine from 1984 to 2007 and is based in Toronto. He has written and broadcast on questions of ecology and democracy for many years.
"Swift's writing is straightforward and honest, with no escaping into unnecessary abstraction or showing off with fashionable jargon. He says what he means, no more. That's how democrats should write." – C. Douglas Lummis, author of Radical Democracy
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