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  • Lively. . . This is one of those rare books about a pressing subject that reads less like a forced march than an inviting stroll . . . A book that encourages thinking, observation and discernment

    Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times
  • My first holiday book is Jan-Werner Müller's Democracy Rules, an extraordinarily timely investigation of what is happening to our increasingly fragile democracies, from the US to India. It is learned but clearly written, and always intelligent, open-minded and morally engaged

    Rory Stewart, The Times
  • One of the most notable Western voices on the subject of populism. . . Müller is not an alarmist. . . he seeks to recover the 'spirit' of democratic politics

    Michael Burleigh, Literary Review
  • As a learned political observer, Jan-Werner Müller crosses many borders. He writes for the academy and the broader public. As a German teaching at Princeton University, he understands Europe and the US. He is at ease with data-minded social science, the history of ideas and political philosophy. . . With breadth of view go clarity and economy. His books are usually brisk and to the point

    Edmund Fawcett, Financial Times
  • Müller has established himself as a subtle and wide-ranging thinker on matters of governance. His book promises to make sense of the present political moment and its substantial dangers. . . and offers a robust defence of democracy. . . engaging and substantial

    Lawrence Douglas, TLS
  • Compelling. . . a welcome return to democratic first principles. . . the merit of Müller's book is to restate them with admirable clarity

    Adrian Pabst, Prospect
  • In elegant and incisive terms, Democracy Rules makes clear that proponents of liberal democracy must reclaim fundamental democratic principles and values

    G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs
  • With characteristic brio and intellectual resourcefulness, Jan-Werner Müller invites us to rethink our fundamental political notion. He not only defuses much apocalyptic talk about the decay of democracy in this salutary book; he alerts us to its undiminished appeal and untested possibilities

    Pankaj Mishra
  • Erudite and urbane, but never condescending or ponderous, Jan-Werner Müller has been the greatest theoretician of what is happening to democracy in our time. Saving democracy, he proposes, requires knowing what it is first, and attending to its infrastructure. Never complacent, and never despairing, this book survives the wreckage of prognostications of democracy's death and doom in the populist era

    Samuel Moyn
  • A superb work of democratic theory, passionately argued and elegantly written

    Ivan Krastev

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