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- DescriptionAll aspire to liberty and security in their lives but few people truly enjoy them. This book explains why this is so. In what Cor Gearty calls our 'neo-democratic' world, the proclamation of universal liberty and security is mocked by facts on the ground: the vast inequalities in supposedly free societies, the authoritarian regimes with regular elections, and the terrible socio-ecomic deprivation camouflaged by cynically proclaimed commitments to human rights. Gearty's book offers an explanation of how this has come about, providing also a criticism of the present age which tolerates it. He then goes on to set out a manifesto for a better future, a place where liberty and security can be rich platforms for everyone's life. The book identifies neo-democracies as those places which play at democracy so as to disguise the injustice at their core. But it is t just the new 'democracies' that have turned 'neo', the so-called established democracies are also hurtling in the same direction, as is the United Nations. A new vision of universal freedom is urgently required. Drawing on scholarship in law, human rights and political science this book argues for just such a vision, one in which the great achievements of our democratic past are t jettisoned as easily as were the socialist ideals of the original democracy-makers.
- Author BiographyConor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and practices law for Matrix Chambers, of which he is a founding member.
- Author(s)Professor Conor Anthony Gearty
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication03/02/2012
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Series TitleThemes for the 21st Century
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
- Weight208 g
- Width140 mm
- Height214 mm
- Spine12 mm
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