‘One of the world’s leading political thinkers’ THE TIMES
Democracy has a long, eventful past. Does it have a future?
The roots of democracy stretch back beyond Athens to Syria-Mesopotamia and the Indian subcontinent, where citizens’ assemblies held privilege and power to account over three millennia before the French Revolution. In his eye-opening new global history, John Keane gets to the heart of a complex, ever-evolving ideal — and suggests how we might keep it safe for future generations.
John Keane founded the London Centre for Democracy, and is currently Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin. He is the author of many acclaimed books, most recently To Kill A Democracy: India’s Passage To Despotism (2021).