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Adult Nonfiction
Pages: 320
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Pub Date: 27/Apr/2021
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Restoring Democracy argues that democracy is more resilient than it appears and is capable of overcoming the attacks from within and without that have sapped its vigor since the end of the Cold War. Russia and China have met with considerable success in their attacks on democracy. As well, internal pressures and contradictions—wealth disparity chief among them—feed the populists who spout platitudes to abandoned workers without actually offering them ways to catch up. Adding to the pressures building on the political norms of our democracies, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a kind of economic and social stand-still for which no country is prepared.

Policy Magazine
“The giants of post-war Western foreign correspondents — and Jonathan Manthorpe is one of our giants — were the first of their profession for whom the entire world was their beat. … His newest book, Restoring Democracy in An Age of Populists and Pestilence is a sharp-edged critique of the slide of the Western democracies based on that life of observation.”
Literary Review of Canada
“Western democracy lives and dies by the integrity of its institutions and of those elected to serve them.”

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