Groundwood Books

Democracy

A Groundwork Guide Groundwork Guides

Written by James Laxer • Screenplay by Jane Springer

For students in grades 9 | Published May 01, 2009 | ISBN 9781554980123
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government

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144 pages
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Democracy

A Groundwork Guide

Groundwork Guides

James Laxer • Jane Springer

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

In this eye-opening work, political scientist and award-winning author James Laxer warns readers that our common assumptions about democracy -- that it is a natural progression of advanced societies and that it is on the rise worldwide -- are misguided. Democracy, in fact, is very fragile.

Showcasing examples from all over the world, this book explains the rise of democracy in the twentieth century and examines the current status of democracy in advanced countries and in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Laxer warns that globalization and the widening gap between the rich and poor threaten to weaken democracy and the vigor of democratic regimes -- even in countries where it has been long established.

About the Creators

James Laxer

Award-winning author James Laxer has written many books and appears regularly on television discussions of issues of the day. He is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto. Visit James Laxer's blog: http://blog.jameslaxer.com/ Follow James Laxer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jameslaxer/

Jane Springer

Jane Springer is an author and consultant in international development. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction, 2007