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ON POWER:
The Natural History of Its Growth

by Bertrand de Jouvenel

ISBN 0865971129 / 9780865971127 / 0-86597-112-9
Publisher Liberty Fund
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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Documenting the process by which government and controlling majorities have grown increasingly powerful and tyrannical, Bertrand de Jouvenel demonstrates how democracies have failed to limit the powers of government. This development Jouvenel traces all the way back to the days of royal absolutism, which established large administrative bureaucracies and thus laid the foundation of the modern omnipotent state. [via]