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Holmes, 1994. Social Research 61(3):599-610

Liberalism for a World of Ethnic Passions and Decaying States
Stephen Holmes

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 61, No. 3 (Fall 1994): 599:610

ABSTRACT: This article proposes a theoretical framework presupposed by an adequate historical reconstruction of liberal democracy, including an account of its inherent frailties and characteristic disorders. Liberal democracy has proven its enormous strength as an organizing principle for modern nations. But this historically improbable political form will not be effortlessly exported from its present location in a handful of fortunate countries to the rest of the habitable world. When we cast our gaze across the globe, in fact, we now see parochial group loyalties cruelly destroying hopes for civilized coexistence and the dizzying collapse of essential state institutions making impossible the enforcement of basic...
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