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Crisis? What crisis? David Runciman on democracy

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

David Runciman is professor of politics at the University of Cambridge and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. His latest book is “The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present“. In it, Runciman tells two stories about the past hundred years of democracy simultaneously: a political story of success and an intellectual story of crisis and failure (or at least of the permanent possibility of failure). He argues that there is a crisis of democracy…

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