09 January 2010

Book: Dissonances: Democratic Critiques of Democracy

An attempt to criticize democracy from a democratic point of view: Guillermo O'Donnell's "Dissonances: Democratic Critiques of Democracy" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007):


From the publisher's description: "Guillermo O'Donnell here brings together a collection of significant recent essays in which he considers both the method for and substance of critiques of democracies."

Reviews: "O'Donnell continues his comparative analysis of democracies that have emerged in Latin America in the shadow of authoritarianism." ("Research Book News")

"For many years, O'Donnell has explored the various ways in which the democracies of Latin America – many of them new – failed to meet expectations held out for them by citizens, analysts, and political actors. The articles collected here represent some of the very best thinking by an author who remains one of the most creative and insightful political theorists, whose work is deeply grounded in empirical observation, whose ideas are consistently robust, and whose reflections can be both provocative and of great practical use." (Charles D. Kenney, University of Oklahoma)

Guillermo O'Donnell is the Helen Kellogg Professor of Government Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He was the first to receive the Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

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