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The Consent of the Governed: Resources

Essential Principles

Crick, Bernard. Democracy: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. See also other volumes in the Very Short Introduction series.

Hobbes, Thomas. The Leviathan. New York: Penguin, 1951.

Jefferson, Thomas. Declaration of Independence.

Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government. See also "The Political Philosophy of John Locke," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract.

South Africa

Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. Directed by Lee Hirsch. ATO Pictures, 2002.

Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). >

Lodge, Tom. Black Politics in South Africa Since 1945. London: Longman Group Ltd., 1983.

———. Mandela: A Critical Life.New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Mandela, Nelson. Address to the people of Cape Town, Grand Parade, on the occasion of his inauguration as state president, Cape Town, May 9, 1994.

Tsotsi. Directed by Gavin Hood. UK Film & TV Production Company, 2005.


Guillermoprieto, Alma. "The New Bolivia" (a two-part article). New York Review of Books, August 10 and September 21, 2006.

Mayorga, Rene Antonio. "Bolivia's Silent Revolution." Journal of Democracy 8, no. 1 (January 1997). See also other links to Rene Antonio Mayorga.


Bakhash, Shaul. "Letter from Evin Prison." New York Review of Books, September 22, 2005.

Boycott. Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Makhmalbaf Film House, 1986.

Children of Heaven. Directed by Majid Majidi. Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, 1997.

The Color of Paradise. Directed by Majid Majidi. Varahonar Company, 1999.

Federal Research Division. Country Profile: IRan. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, May 2008.

Gozaar, a journal on democracy and human rights in Iran, published by Freedom House.

Metz, Helen Chapin, ed. Iran: A Country Study. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Federal Research Division, 1987.

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran. New York: Random House, 2003.

Note: Makhmalbaf's "new wave" Iranian film school uses contemporary material and life as allegory to examine key issues. In Boycott, the subject is prerevolutionary Iran. Examine how Makhmalbaf's and Majidi's films can be seen as commentary not just on their immediate subjects but also on the current situation in Iran.