John Keane

Born in southern Australia, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). He first studied Politics, Government and History at the University of Adelaide, winning the Tinline Prize for a First-Class Honours with Highest Distinction (1971).

He won a Commonwealth Fellowship to study at the University of Toronto, where in the fields of philosophy and political economy he was awarded a doctorate and mentored and supervised by C.B. Macpherson. He later held a post-doctoral fellowship at King’s College, at the University of Cambridge, where he worked closely with Anthony Giddens, Quentin Skinner, and other leading scholars.

Books in order of publication:

The Media and Democracy – 1991

Tom Paine: A Political Life – 1995

Reflections on Violence – 1996

Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy In Six Acts – 1999

Global Civil Society? – 2003

The Life and Death of Democracy – 2009

Democracy and Media Decadence – 2013

When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter: Rethinking Democracy in China – 2017

The New Despotism – 2020

To Kill A Democracy – India’s Passage to Despotism – 2021

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