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Exporting Democracy

Exporting Democracy

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  • Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
  • On Sale: November 1, 2011
  • Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-7710-7290-1 (0-7710-7290-2)
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The way most Western politicians talk, democracy is the pinnacle of civilization, the best political system there is. Many think it’s the system the rest of the world ought to adopt. Bob Rae is not one of them. He is too well informed about the difficulties and dangers of implanting democracy in foreign lands. Exporting Democracy is an eloquently argued book in which Rae brings his lively, nuanced understanding to bear on the history and current fortunes of this powerful idea. He shows how it and the related ideas of freedom, human rights, and federalism have been pushed to centre stage by the collapse of Soviet communism and by ongoing wars to topple secular and religious dictatorships in the Middle East. He’s also witnessed attempts to implant democracy in three countries riven by tribal and ethnic divisions, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, and offers readers a cool appraisal of the effort.

“Widely read and richly experienced in the art of politics, Bob Rae puts all he has learned to excellent use in this humane, thoughtful -- and highly readable -- book on the perils and possibilities of exporting democracy. . . . Altogether, a splendid read!”– David Cameron

“In this erudite, judicious and lively book. . . . Rae offers a wise and compelling alternative vision.”– Globe and Mail