Book Review: Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government. By Joshua Kurlantzick. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
International Public Management Review, 16.1 (2015)
5 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2014 Last revised: 9 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 29, 2014
In Democracy in Retreat, Joshua Kurlantzick provides a detailed account of how our end-of-the-millennium exuberance about the spread of democracy dissipated so quickly. Around the world, Kurlantzick says, an unhappy middle class has slipped away from the pro-democracy camp. What can be done to draw the middle class back? This is a critical question which Kurlantick only begins to answer -- and perhaps cannot be answered neatly in a work of this breadth.
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