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No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd edition

By Richard Swift  

No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd edition
  • Paperback / softback
  • EPUB

This format can only be purchased within Canada.

In this updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, Richard Swift explores how democracy has been constricted and deformed by economic power-brokers and a self-serving political class from Birmingham to Bangalore.

The book includes chapter-length discussions of topics such as the economic meltdown, Barack Obama, eco-democracy, democratizing the economy, and democracy in the Global South. It is not only a guide to the rich diversity of forms of elected government, but it also contains practical ideas for empowering today’s voters around the world.

Part of the No-Nonsense Guides series.

  • Paperback / softback, 144 pages
  • ISBN 9781897071632
  • Published March 2010
  • EPUB
  • ISBN 9781771130486
  • Published March 2010


One of the attractive things about this book is that it is written in democratic prose. Swift’s writing is straightforward and honest, with no escaping into unneeded abstraction or showing off with fashionable jargon. He says what he means, no more. That’s how democrats should write.

– C Douglas Lummis, author of Radical Democracy

Table of Contents

Foreword by C Douglas Lummis
Chapter 1 What is Democracy?
Chapter 2 Democratic Malaise
Chapter 3 Weak and Strong Democracy
Chapter 4 Democratizing the Economy
Chapter 5 Beyond the Nation-state
Chapter 6 Democratizing Democracy
Chapter 7 Democracy and Ecology
Chapter 8 Strong democracy in the Global South

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