Democracy Paradox
Democracy Paradox
Jul 20, 2021
David Stasavage on Early Democracy and its Decline
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This was not a phenomenon to one specific region. This was nothing that got invented in one place and at one time. It seems to have emerged independently in a wide, wide variety of human societies at different points in time. And to me, that sounds like something that occurs naturally.

David Stasavage

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David Stasavage is the Dean of Social Sciences and a Professor of Politics at New York University. His latest book is called The Decline and Rise of Democracy.

Key Highlights Include

  • A description of early democracy with an example of the Huron people
  • Why autocracy arose through the example of Ancient China
  • How bureaucracy and the state changed governance
  • How English history shaped modern democracy
  • What modern democracy can learn from early forms of democracy

Key Links

The Decline and Rise of Democracy by David Stasavage

Learn more about David Stasavage

Follow David on Twitter @stasavage

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