Penguin (2001)

Democracy In Europe

by Larry Siedentop

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Siedentop examines whether representative government is feasible across the vast physical scale and human diversity of Europe, exploring the threat to local autonomy and individual freedom, and anatomizing the widely different political cultures of Britain, France, and Germany. He balances an understanding of the great theorists of supranational government, especially Montesquieu and De Tocqueville, with a deep, though critical, appreciation of contemporary Europe. His aim, he says, is "to suggest what we ought to be thinking about rather than what we ought to be thinking."