Martin Conway Believes "Democracy Owes its Durability Not to its Principles but to its Flexibility." Democracy in Western Europe from 1945 to 1968
Where you and I and, I think, many others start from an assumption that somehow there is a thing called democracy and we sort of know what it is. But the diversity within democracy is far larger than that. You know, there's clear big institutional temperamental differences between visions of representatives ruling, people ruling, and so on. All these sorts of things are different models of democracy and therefore the word democracy in some respects becomes rather meaningless.
A full transcript is available at www.democracyparadox.com or a short review of Western Europe’s Democratic Age: 1945—1968 here.
Martin Conway is the author of the new book Western Europe’s Democratic Age: 1945—1968 and a Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Oxford.
Key Highlights Include
- Why Democracy Became Part of Western Europe's Identity
- How Democracy was a Process of Continual Negotiation
- The Distinct Characteristics of Democracy in Western Europe
- An Account of the Transition from the Fourth to the Fifth Republic in France
- Lessons for Democracy Today from Western Europe's Past
Western Europe's Democratic Age: 1945-1968 by Martin Conway
Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe by Sheri Berman
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