American Institutions And Their Influence (Paperback)

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"Democracy in America" is a landmark work written by French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville, first published in two volumes in 1835 and 1840. It stands as one of the most influential studies of American society and politics in the 19th century. Key Themes and Insights: Democracy's Impact: Tocqueville explores the nature and consequences of democracy in the United States. He delves into the strengths and weaknesses of democratic government, examining issues such as civil society's role, the risk of despotism, and the tension between individualism and community. Equality: Tocqueville observes America's emphasis on political and social equality, discussing how it influences American character and institutions. He raises concerns about the "tyranny of the majority" in democratic societies. Individualism: Tocqueville notes the prevalence of individualism in American society and discusses its potential for both isolation and self-reliance, fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and civic engagement. Voluntary Associations: Tocqueville highlights the importance of voluntary associations, such as civic groups and religious organizations, in American life. He sees them as vital for maintaining a vibrant civil society in a democratic context. Local Governance: Tocqueville praises America's system of local government, known as "township democracy," as a training ground for civic participation and political education. Religion's Role: Tocqueville discusses the significant role of religion in American life and politics, noting its influence on moral values and its role in moderating the potential excesses of democracy. Tyranny of the Majority: Tocqueville warns about the danger of the "tyranny of the majority" in democracies, where the majority can suppress the rights and voices of minority groups. "Democracy in America" remains a profound analysis of American democracy and continues to provide valuable insights into the dynamics and challenges of.

Product Details
ISBN: 9791041820511
Publisher: Culturea
Publication Date: October 9th, 2023
Pages: 442
Language: English