Why does democracy, both as a word and an idea, linger so large in the political imagination today? John Dunn charts its slow but insistent metamorphosis from its roots in Ancient Greece to its overwhelming triumph in the years since 1945. Setting the People Free is an account of this extraordinary idea and its evolution.
John Dunn is Professor of Political Theory at King's College, Cambridge. He is the author of a number of titles, among them The Cunning of Unreason and Western Political Theory in the Face of the Future, and a fellow of the British Academy.