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Does Everyone Want Democracy? Insights from Mongolia Paula Sabloff, Left Coast Press, 2013. 266+xvi pp. Hardback ISBN: 978-1-59874-565-8 $89.00. eBook ISBN: 978-1-61132-719-9. $34.95.

Does Everyone Want Democracy? Insights from Mongolia Paula Sabloff, Left Coast Press, 2013.... Book Reviews This could have been an important book. Two decades after the collapse of socialism, a book exploring Mongolian concepts of democracy would be a welcome contribution to the literature. This is not that book. This is instead a deeply flawed and disappointing work. The idea behind the research that this book is built upon is worthwhile. Two surveys of people's attitudes towards and thoughts about democracy were undertaken by teams of Mongolians under Paula Sabloff's direction in and around the city of Hovd in the west and Ulaanbaatar, in 1998 and 2003. In total, 1283 interviews were carried out. In addition to basic demographic information, `researchers asked respondents to name all the characteristics of a democratic country they could think of and then explain what each listed item meant to them. The same technique was used to elicit ideas on a market economy, or capitalist country' (p. 17). This was supplemented with other interviews and fieldwork. The book is divided into eight chapters, most of which centre around what Sabloff presents as analytical groupings: `Democracy brings political freedom' or `A Democratic government is responsible to its citizens'. These chapters are bookended by an introduction and a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Does Everyone Want Democracy? Insights from Mongolia Paula Sabloff, Left Coast Press, 2013. 266+xvi pp. Hardback ISBN: 978-1-59874-565-8 $89.00. eBook ISBN: 978-1-61132-719-9. $34.95.

Inner Asia , Volume 15 (2): 313 – Jan 1, 2013

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© 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1464-8172
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2210-5018
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Book Reviews This could have been an important book. Two decades after the collapse of socialism, a book exploring Mongolian concepts of democracy would be a welcome contribution to the literature. This is not that book. This is instead a deeply flawed and disappointing work. The idea behind the research that this book is built upon is worthwhile. Two surveys of people's attitudes towards and thoughts about democracy were undertaken by teams of Mongolians under Paula Sabloff's direction in and around the city of Hovd in the west and Ulaanbaatar, in 1998 and 2003. In total, 1283 interviews were carried out. In addition to basic demographic information, `researchers asked respondents to name all the characteristics of a democratic country they could think of and then explain what each listed item meant to them. The same technique was used to elicit ideas on a market economy, or capitalist country' (p. 17). This was supplemented with other interviews and fieldwork. The book is divided into eight chapters, most of which centre around what Sabloff presents as analytical groupings: `Democracy brings political freedom' or `A Democratic government is responsible to its citizens'. These chapters are bookended by an introduction and a

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