“As David Runciman narrates his work on the status of democracy, his voice is affable and calming, even when his words inspire the opposite response…Runciman is a professor of politics and a podcast host; his skill in both these vocations is on full display.”
cogency, subtlety and style with which he teases out the paradoxes and perils
faced by democracy makes this one of the very best of the great crop of recent
books on the subject.
— The Guardian (UK)
How Democracy Ends is a thorough study of democracy and its trials and tribulations on approaching midlife. Inhabitants have enjoyed its fruits: freedom, prosperity, and longevity. Democracy offers us opportunities to do exciting things.
— New York Journal of Books
admirable analysis, How Democracy Ends, he says the trouble is that we remember
the least helpful bits of history, perpetually harking back to the 1930s to
explain the aspects of modern politics we like least: Trump especially.
— Evening Standard (UK)
Presented in pellucid prose free of the jargon of academic political science, How Democracy Ends is a strikingly readable and richly learned contribution to understanding the world today.
— New Statesman (UK)
Democracy isn't dead, not yet, but it could use some physical therapy while it steps gingerly into the grave. For all its optimism, an urgent, necessary book of cold comforts.
who welcome encouragement to consider all sides and avoid jumping to
conclusions...will find this a reasoned and balanced analysis of the political
— Publishers Weekly
What kills democracies? And, when they're dead, what replaces them? In this bracing reckoning, the brilliant David Runciman asks a series of questions whose answers take him from Hobbes to Gandhi, from the Colosseum to Facebook. A searching and urgent book.
— Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States