Death by a Thousand Cuts: Neuropolitics, Thymos, and the Slow Demise of Democracy (Paperback)

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In this new edition of Matt Qvortrup's acclaimed book, the author shows how neuroscience can help us understand why people willingly give up their democratic rights or are unwillingly forced to do so.
According to Plato, democracies die when people get angry. Resentment causes them to vote for demagogues. Recently, democratically elected politicians have used crises as a pretext for dismantling democracy, following a pattern we have seen since the dawn of civilization. Why do people fall for the lure of dictatorships? And what can we learn from the cause and effects of dictatorships to understand why democracies die?
Death by a Thousand Cuts: Neuropolitics, Thymos, and the Slow Demise of Democracy is written in an accessible style with vignettes and new empirical data to provide historical context and neurological evidence on a much-discussed topic: the threat of democracy. This book will help readers who are concerned about the longevity of democracy understand when and why democracy is in danger of collapsing and alert them to the warning signs of its demise.

About the Author


Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science at Coventry University, and holds a visiting chair of law at the Australian National University. Since 2016, he has been Joint Editor of the top-academic journal European Political Science Review.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783111327792
ISBN-10: 3111327795
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: November 20th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English