All these questions are raised in an often acute form in British geographer Simon Reid-Henry's massive new study, Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War, 1971-2017. Often, Reid-Henry's use of the passive voice disguises an almost complete absence of detail: "the balance between freedom and democracy that Western liberal democracies had struggled for forty years to maintain was now rejected altogether." While Reid-Henry doesn't embrace the conservative implications of these later works, he does take for granted that the West, for better or worse, can be broadly equated with liberal democracy and the free market, and so the measure of its decline is found in the failing health of these two institutions. Democracy isn't necessarily Western, as the stable democratic political systems found outside the West - from Indonesia to Tunisia - surely indicate. [Extracted from the article]
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