By Condoleezza Rice
"This heartfelt and from time to time very relocating publication exhibits why democracy proponents are so devoted to their work...Both supporters and skeptics of democracy advertising will come clear of this e-book wiser and higher informed." --The big apple occasions
In this publication, Rice explains what those epochal occasions train us approximately democracy. At a time whilst humans all over the world are considering even if democracy is in decline, Rice stocks insights from her stories as a policymaker, student, and citizen, with the intention to positioned democracy's demanding situations into perspective.
When the U.S. was once based, it used to be the one try out at self-government on this planet. at the present time greater than half all international locations qualify as democracies, and ultimately that quantity will keep growing. but not anything helpful ever comes simply. utilizing America's lengthy fight as a template, Rice attracts classes for democracy round the world -- from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the center East. She unearths that no transitions to democracy are a similar simply because each nation starts off in a special position. Pathways diverge and infrequently circle backward. Time frames for achievement fluctuate dramatically, and international locations usually endure fake begins ahead of getting it correct. yet, Rice argues, that doesn't suggest they need to no longer try out. whereas the perfect stipulations for democracy are popular in academia, they by no means exist within the genuine global. The query isn't the right way to create ideal situations yet the best way to flow ahead less than tricky ones.
These comparable insights practice in overcoming the demanding situations confronted by means of governments at the present time. The pursuit of democracy is a constant fight shared through humans around the globe, whether or not they are opposing authoritarian regimes, setting up new democratic associations, or reforming mature democracies to raised dwell as much as their beliefs. The paintings of securing it's by no means finished.
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