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The Real World of Democratic Theory
Ian Shapiro

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ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:

"Ian Shapiro's title captures the great virtue of his latest book: he has, brilliantly and usefully, related democratic theory, an academic field in which he towers, to the real world of partisanship, public opinion polls, debates over taxes and abortion, and international diplomacy. In lucid, straightforward, jargon-free prose, he puts the 'politics' into political science, without compromising on intellectual rigor and the highest standards of empirical discipline."--Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, and author of The Great Experiment: Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation

"This book covers a range of absolutely central topics for contemporary democratic theory and practice. I don't know of any other political theorist with Ian Shapiro's breadth of expertise who is as willing to engage with the practical messiness of actual political argument."--David Runciman, University of Cambridge

"Ian Shapiro has constructed the most insightful, grounded, and philosophically defensible democratic theory available. This excellent work makes important contributions to the literature on democracy and political science."--Lisa Ellis, Texas A&M University

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