The crisis of liberal democracy in Europe and the United States brings to the fore some questions about the future. We know that democracy is an unstable political system and that inconsistencies lie at the heart of democracy promotion. For some liberally-minded, as well as sovereigntist and conservative pundits, the very term “democracy-promotion” is aggravating. But, it is perhaps the only issue that makes us face up to the question “what is our democracy about”?

Lincoln Mitchell is very mu...

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