Does Everyone Want Democracy?: Insights from Mongolia (Hardcover)

Does Everyone Want Democracy?: Insights from Mongolia By Paula L. W. Sabloff Cover Image


Do all people desire democracy? For at least a century, the idea that democracy is a universal good has been an article of faith for American policy makers. Paula Sabloff challenges this conventional wisdom about who wants democracy and why. Arguing that certain universal human aspirations exist, she shows how local realities are highly particularistic and explains that culture, history, and values are critical to the study of political systems. Her fascinating study of Mongolia—feudal until it became the first country to follow Russia into communism and now struggling with post-socialist democratization—is a model for investigating how everyday people around the world actually think about and implement democracy on their own terms.

About the Author

Paula L. W. Sabloff is a professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is a political anthropologist who has conducted research in Mexico, the United States, and Mongolia, and taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. She curated the exhibition “Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan” at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) and is editor of several books, including Higher Education in the Post-Communist World (1998), Modern Mongolia (2001), and Mapping Mongolia (2011).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781598745658
ISBN-10: 1598745654
Publisher: Left Coast Press
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 282
Language: English
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