About the book
In this day and age everyone claims to have democratic values. But whoever asks what the concept democracy actually means will receive uncertain answers. We have forgotten what democracy is – therefore democracy is vulnerable.
The beating heart of democracy is a view of society based on inclusion and dialogue.
This book ventures beyond the standard trivial descriptions of democracy. It starts from modern international democracy research and describes the anatomy of democracy: the democratic ideology. According to this, all humans are equal. Everyone is welcome to participate in public discussions and public decision processes. Regardless of ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, social status etc.
Democracy is an ancient phenomena, perhaps as old as humankind? The book depicts a fascinating journey through democracy’s – and anti-democracy’s – history, from prehistoric age until today.