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Bruno Kaufmann
Democracy International

“In an era when, remarkably, the merits of democracy seem to be up for debate, it is invaluable to have so many of the arguments of the anti-democrats dispelled so comprehensively. If you’ve ever felt like you needed the
arguments to defend the ability of the people to govern themselves, you’ll find what you need here.”

Robin McAlpine

Director of CommonWeal

"a valuable guide"

LA Review of Books


"argues passionately in defence of democracy against the attack by the elites”

Catholic Herald


"takes apart the pessimists’ arguments”

Washington Post


In Defence of Democracy offers us a  preview of what democracy is about to become: much more representative, more direct, more digital, more local and transnational. A winning concept described by this winning writer. 

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Dr. Roslyn Fuller is a leading expert on applying the original principles of Athenian Democracy to 21st century states and organisations. Based on over a decade of academic research, her ground-breaking book, Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose, has re-defined the modern theory of democracy. It has been praised as 'a timely and provocative look behind the clichés of Western politics' (Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times) and 'the inside story of the slow death of democracy' (Nick Davies, The Guardian). Having lectured in International Law in Ireland, Roslyn is now a regular commentator in leading international publications including Salon, The Nation, the LA Review of Books, Alternet and many more. She often comments on topics of international law, terrorism and democracy for international media such as the BBC, FT and the Toronto Star. As the president of the Solonian Democracy Institute, Roslyn studies how understanding Athenian democratic principles can transform decision-making processes and how this will affect our future society. Her research is regularly presented at leading international conferences.

Articles & Media



Should Brexit or Trump cause us to doubt our faith in democracy? Are ‘the people’ too ignorant or stupid to rule? Numerous commentators are seriously arguing that the answer to these questions might be ‘yes’.
In this take-no-prisoners book, Canadian-Irish author Roslyn Fuller kicks these anti-democrats where it hurts the most – the facts. 

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An extraordinary historical, political and philosophical work that is set to not only reconfigure our understanding of democracy, but to challenge the individualistic basis of the modern liberal politics.

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The first of its kind in Ireland, this textbook is designed to cover all major topics of international law from an Irish perspective.

Ireland’s relationship with international law is important both in terms of the nation’s past and its future

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A collection of short stories about Dublin by Irish authors as well as authors of other nationalities who have made Ireland their home. It aims to show the city of Dublin from many different views and how the same place can mean different things to different people.

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