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Democracy in Europe

UK Publisher: Penguin

Britain and much of Europe is hypnotized by the struggle between integrationists and nation-starters, and is set to drift towards ‘unification’ with little idea of its constitutional options.

In this groundbreaking text, Larry Siedentop sets out the key issues for those who wish to construct a Europe that is prosperous, fair and free. Rejecting knee-jerk hostility to the idea of a ‘united states of Europe’, Siedentop argues that the main enemy of freedom at national level is precisely the kind of unaccountable, dirigiste and bureaucratic government now developing in Brussels.

In its place, he champions a steady and openly debated progress towards sovereign democratic institutions which combines a Jeffersonian commitment to democracy with a very British attachment to gradual reform and pragmatic government.



Sir Larry Siedentop was for three decades Fellow of Keble College and Faculty Lecturer in Political Thought at the University...