Facing the Challenge of Democracy Book

Facing the Challenge of Democracy

  • Author : Paul M. Sniderman
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-10-10
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400840304

Facing the Challenge of Democracy Excerpt :

Citizens are political simpletons--that is only a modest exaggeration of a common characterization of voters. Certainly, there is no shortage of evidence of citizens' limited political knowledge, even about matters of the highest importance, along with inconsistencies in their thinking, some glaring by any standard. But this picture of citizens all too often approaches caricature. Paul Sniderman and Benjamin Highton bring together leading political scientists who offer new insights into the political thinking of the public, the causes of party polarization, the motivations for political participation, and the paradoxical relationship between turnout and democratic representation. These studies propel a foundational argument about democracy. Voters can only do as well as the alternatives on offer. These alternatives are constrained by third players, in particular activists, interest groups, and financial contributors. The result: voters often appear to be shortsighted, extreme, and inconsistent because the alternatives they must choose between are shortsighted, extreme, and inconsistent. Facing the Challenge of Democracy features contributions by John Aldrich, Stephen Ansolabehere, Edward Carmines, Jack Citrin, Susanna Dilliplane, Christopher Ellis, Michael Ensley, Melanie Freeze, Donald Green, Eitan Hersh, Simon Jackman, Gary Jacobson, Matthew Knee, Jonathan Krasno, Arthur Lupia, David Magleby, Eric McGhee, Diana Mutz, Candice Nelson, Benjamin Page, Kathryn Pearson, Eric Schickler, John Sides, James Stimson, Lynn Vavreck, Michael Wagner, Mark Westlye, and Tao Xie.

The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy Book

The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy

  • Author : Eri Bertsou
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-04-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000043600

The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy Excerpt :

This book represents the first comprehensive study of how technocracy currently challenges representative democracy and asks how technocratic politics undermines democratic legitimacy. How strong is its challenge to democratic institutions? The book offers a solid theory and conceptualization of technocratic politics and the technocratic challenge is analyzed empirically at all levels of the national and supra-national institutions and actors, such as cabinets, parties, the EU, independent bodies, central banks and direct democratic campaigns in a comparative and policy perspective. It takes an in-depth analysis addressing elitism, meritocracy, de-politicization, efficiency, neutrality, reliance on science and distrust toward party politics and ideologies, and their impact when pitched against democratic responsiveness, accountability, citizens' input and pluralist competition. In the current crisis of democracy, this book assesses the effects of the technocratic critique against representative institutions, which are perceived to be unable to deal with complex and global problems. It analyzes demands for competent and responsible policy making in combination with the simultaneous populist resistance to experts. The book will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, political theory, policy analysis, multi-level governance as well as practitioners working in bureaucracies, media, think-tanks and policy making.

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy Book

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

  • Author : Khaled Abou El Fadl
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400873203

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy Excerpt :

The events of September 11 and the subsequent war on terrorism have provoked widespread discussion about the possibility of democracy in the Islamic world. Such topics as the meaning of jihad, the role of clerics as authoritative interpreters, and the place of human rights and toleration in Islam have become subjects of urgent public debate around the world. With few exceptions, however, this debate has proceeded in isolation from the vibrant traditions of argument within Islamic theology, philosophy, and law. Islam and the Challenge of Democracy aims to correct this deficiency. The book engages the reader in a rich discourse on the challenges of democracy in contemporary Islam. The collection begins with a lead essay by Khaled Abou El Fadl, who argues that democracy, especially a constitutional democracy that protects basic individual rights, is the form of government best suited to promoting a set of social and political values central to Islam. Because Islam is about submission to God and about each individual's responsibility to serve as His agent on Earth, Abou El Fadl argues, there is no place for the subjugation to human authority demanded by authoritarian regimes. The lead essay is followed by eleven others from internationally respected specialists in democracy and religion. They address, challenge, and engage Abou El Fadl's work. The contributors include John Esposito, Muhammad Fadel, Noah Feldman, Nader Hashemi, Bernard Haykel, Muqtedar Khan, Saba Mahmood, David Novak, William Quandt, Kevin Reinhart, and Jeremy Waldron.

Democratic Challenges  Democratic Choices Book

Democratic Challenges Democratic Choices

  • Author : Russell J. Dalton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2007-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 0199297908

Democratic Challenges Democratic Choices Excerpt :

Most democratic citizens today are distrustful of politicians, political parties, and political institutions. Where once democracies expected an allegiant public, citizens now question the very pillars of representative democracy. Democratic Challenges, Democratic Choices documents the erosion of political support in virtually all advanced industrial democracies. Assembling an unprecedented array of cross-national public opinion data, this study traces the current challenges to democracy primary to changing citizen values and rising expectations. These critical citizens are concentrated among the young, the better educated, and the politically sophisticated. At the same time, the evidence debunks claims that such trends are a function of scandals, poor performance, and other government failures. Changing public are born from the successful social modernization of these nations. A creedal passion for democracy is sweeping across the Western democracies, and people now expect more of their governments. This study concludes by examining the consequences of these changing images of government. The author finds that these expectations are making governing more difficult, but also fueling demands for political reform. The choices that democracies make in response to these challenges may lead to a further expansion of the democratic process and a new relationship between citizens and their government

Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy Book

Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy

  • Author : Felia Allum
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-06-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134201501

Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy Excerpt :

This innovative book investigates the paradoxical situation whereby organized crime groups, authoritarian in nature and anti-democratic in practice, perform at their best in democratic countries. It uses examples from the United States, Japan, Russia, South America, France, Italy and the European Union.

The Challenge of Democracy Book

The Challenge of Democracy

  • Author : Hugh Cunningham
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-10-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317883289

The Challenge of Democracy Excerpt :

This authoritative and thought-provoking history takes a fresh view of what was a period of unprecedented and rapid change. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Hugh Cunningham provides a clear narrative of political events, and an analysis of change and continuity in ideas and in economic and social structure. Britain is set firmly in the context of world power and the possession of empire. An overarching theme is the challenge presented by democracy in a period framed by the First and Fourth Reform Acts. ‘Democracy’ had no stable meaning, and its opponents were just as vocal as its advocates. The book explores its implications for the role of the state, for the governance of empire, and for the relationship between the different nations within the United Kingdom.

Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century Book

Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century

  • Author : Luca Tomini
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351209496

Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century Excerpt :

The effectiveness and capacity of survival of democratic regimes has been recently and widely questioned in the public and political debate. Both democratic institutions and political actors are increasingly confronted with rapid economic and societal transformations that, at least according to some observers and commentators, they not seem to be ready or equipped to manage effectively. This book evaluates and challenges recent scholarly literature on the quality of democracy. It provides a critical assessment of the current state of the studies on the subject, identifying the key questions and discussing open issues, alternative approaches, problems and future developments. Bringing together some of the most prominent and distinguished scholars who have developed and discussed the topic of the quality of democracy during the last decade, it deals with a highly relevant topic in political science and extremely sensitive subject for our democratic societies. This text will be of key interest to scholars of democracy and democratization and more broadly to comparative politics, electoral studies, political theory, power and comparative political institutions.

Authoritarianism Goes Global Book

Authoritarianism Goes Global

  • Author : Larry Diamond
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2016-04-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781421419985

Authoritarianism Goes Global Excerpt :

Contributors: Anne Applebaum, Anne-Marie Brady, Alexander Cooley, Javier Corrales, Ron Deibert, Larry Diamond, Patrick Merloe, Abbas Milani, Andrew Nathan, Marc F. Plattner, Peter Pomerantsev, Douglas Rutzen, Lilia Shevtsova, Alex Vatanka, Christopher Walker, and Frederic Wehrey

The Challenge to Democracy in Nepal Book

The Challenge to Democracy in Nepal

  • Author : T. Louise Brown
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2002-11-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134885336

The Challenge to Democracy in Nepal Excerpt :

In 1990 Nepal's Peoples Movement reduced King Birendra from an absolute ruler to a constitutional monarch. This book is the first academic analysis of these events and places the 'revolution' of 1990 within the context of Nepali history. Louise Brown examines the background to Nepal's recent upheavals as well as covering the country's ealy history and its continuing problems of national integration. The previous, unsuccessful, democratic experiment and the nature of monarchical rule are discussed within an analysis of Nepal's social and economic modernisation. The evolution of political parties, Nepal's foreign relations and development issues - and the way in which these have moulded the political system - are explored in depth. Drawing on extensive interviews with leading politicians and influential figures the author provides a comprehensive survey of the Himalayan Kingdom's political development. This is an original contribution to the debate on democratization in the developing world.

Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy Book

Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy

  • Author : Jos‰ Casas Pardo
  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release Date : 2007-01-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 1847205283

Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy Excerpt :

This timely and important volume addresses the serious challenges faced by democracy in contemporary society. With contributions from some of the world's most prestigious scholars of public choice and political science, this comprehensive collection p

Ethiopia Book


  • Author : Bahru Zewde
  • Publisher : Nordic Africa Institute
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 9171065016

Ethiopia Excerpt :

Democracy is a concept reflecting European philosophies, struggles and concerns. Many Ethiopian ethnic groups have traditions which may offer more satisfactory and culturally acceptable foundations for a “sovereignty of the people” through time-honored ways of voicing political ideas, ironic observations and vital interests. In line with modern urban life Ethiopians also organize and express their interests in non-governmental organizations, the independent press and advocacy groups representing political and social alternatives. The contributors to this book analyze the democratic potential of these movements and practices, their ability to give a voice to the view from below and their potential contribution to a more genuine participation by the majority of Ethiopians in democratic decision making and bringing the sovereignty of the people a step closer to reality.

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy Book

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy

  • Author : Yoav Peled
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134449002

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy Excerpt :

Ethnic democracy is a form of democratic ethnic conflict regulation in deeply divided societies. In The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy, Yoav Peled argues that ethnic democracy is constituted by the combination of two contradictory constitutional principles: liberal democracy and ethno-nationalism, and that its stability depends on the existence of a third, mediating constitutional principle of whatever kind. This central argument is supported by an analysis of the history of three ethnic democracies; Northern Ireland under Unionist rule, where ethnic democracy was stable for almost 50 years (1921-1969), then collapsed; The Second Polish republic (1918-1939), where ethnic democracy was written into the constitution but was never actualised; and Israel within its pre-1967 borders, where ethnic democracy was stable for 35 years (1966-2000) but may now be eroding. This book examines the different trajectories of the case studies, demonstrating that Poland lacked a third, mediating constitutional principle, while Israel and Northern Ireland did have such a principle – civic republicanism in Israel, and populism in Northern Ireland. The collapse of ethnic democracy in Northern Ireland resulted from the weakening of populism, that depended on British monetary subsidies for its implementation, whilst the erosion of ethnic democracy in Israel resulted from the decline of civic republicanism since the onset of economic liberalization in 1985. Dealing with ethnic democracy in a comparative framework, this book will appeal to students, scholars and researchers of Sociology, Political Science and Middle East Studies.

First Democracy Book
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First Democracy

  • Author : Paul Woodruff
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-03-16
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195304541

First Democracy Excerpt :

This brilliant analysis of the nature of democracy draws on the hard-earned lessons of the ancient Greeks.

Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy Book

Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy

  • Author : Jay P. Corrin
  • Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
  • Release Date : 2010-12-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 582
  • ISBN 10 : 9780268159283

Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy Excerpt :

In this sweeping volume, Corrin discusses the influences of Cecil and G. K. Chesterton, H. A. Reinhold, Hilaire Belloc, and many others on the development of Catholic social, economic, and political thought, with a special focus on Belloc and Reinhold as representatives of reactionary and progressive positions, respectively. He also provides an in-depth analysis of Catholic Distributists' responses to the labor unrest in Britain prior to World War I and later, in the 1930s, to the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War and the forces of fascism and communism.

Democracies Divided Book

Democracies Divided

  • Author : Thomas Carothers
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815737223

Democracies Divided Excerpt :

“A must-read for anyone concerned about the fate of contemporary democracies.”—Steven Levitsky, co-author of How Democracies Die Why divisions have deepened and what can be done to heal them As one part of the global democratic recession, severe political polarization is increasingly afflicting old and new democracies alike, producing the erosion of democratic norms and rising societal anger. This volume is the first book-length comparative analysis of this troubling global phenomenon, offering in-depth case studies of countries as wide-ranging and important as Brazil, India, Kenya, Poland, Turkey, and the United States. The case study authors are a diverse group of country and regional experts, each with deep local knowledge and experience. Democracies Divided identifies and examines the fissures that are dividing societies and the factors bringing polarization to a boil. In nearly every case under study, political entrepreneurs have exploited and exacerbated long-simmering divisions for their own purposes—in the process undermining the prospects for democratic consensus and productive governance. But this book is not simply a diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Each case study discusses actions that concerned citizens and organizations are taking to counter polarizing forces, whether through reforms to political parties, institutions, or the media. The book’s editors distill from the case studies a range of possible ways for restoring consensus and defeating polarization in the world’s democracies. Timely, rigorous, and accessible, this book is of compelling interest to civic activists, political actors, scholars, and ordinary citizens in societies beset by increasingly rancorous partisanship.