A tale of two democracies


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History Today
Vol. 44, no. 5 (May 1994), p. 50-55


Is democracy the same as liberalism or economic fairness? Is 'people power' a form of participation that represents the best of all possible worlds, sweeping all before it in the inevitability of history? Or are our lives determined by the tyranny of the market - a format the ancient Greeks would little understand and find even less appealing? Ellen Meiksins Wood analyses democracy's historical progress and tots up the balance sheet for the 1990s