Direct Action and Democracy Today

Direct Action and Democracy Today

In this book, April Carter debates the nature and meaning of such protest and discusses the relationship between direct action and people's claims for greater democratic control, not only against repressive regimes but also in liberal ...

Author: April Carter

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745629360

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

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More and more people around the world are protesting to defend their rights, resist injustice or oppose undemocratic rule. In this book, April Carter debates the nature and meaning of such protest and discusses the relationship between direct action and people's claims for greater democratic control, not only against repressive regimes but also in liberal parliamentary states. The book begins by looking at non-violent direct action in historical context, tracing its evolution from the end of the Second World War to the present day. It examines the association between direct action and the social movements of recent decades and charts its role in the new global movement against neo-liberal economic policies. The second part of the book relates direct action to political theory to ascertain how it fits with theories of liberal, republican and deliberative democracy. It goes on to consider socialist and cosmopolitan approaches to democracy and popular resistance and concludes by looking at the implications of protest politics for current democratic thinking and contemporary world events. This book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of international politics and political theory.
Categories: Political Science

The Decline and Rise of Democracy

The Decline and Rise of Democracy

The Decline and Rise of Democracy draws from global evidence to show that the story is much richer—democratic practices were present in many places, at many other times, from the Americas before European conquest, to ancient Mesopotamia, ...

Author: David Stasavage

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691177465

Category: History

Page: 424

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"One of the most important books on political regimes written in a generation."—Steven Levitsky, New York Times–bestselling author of How Democracies Die A new understanding of how and why early democracy took hold, how modern democracy evolved, and what this history teaches us about the future Historical accounts of democracy’s rise tend to focus on ancient Greece and pre-Renaissance Europe. The Decline and Rise of Democracy draws from global evidence to show that the story is much richer—democratic practices were present in many places, at many other times, from the Americas before European conquest, to ancient Mesopotamia, to precolonial Africa. Delving into the prevalence of early democracy throughout the world, David Stasavage makes the case that understanding how and where these democracies flourished—and when and why they declined—can provide crucial information not just about the history of governance, but also about the ways modern democracies work and where they could manifest in the future. Drawing from examples spanning several millennia, Stasavage first considers why states developed either democratic or autocratic styles of governance and argues that early democracy tended to develop in small places with a weak state and, counterintuitively, simple technologies. When central state institutions (such as a tax bureaucracy) were absent—as in medieval Europe—rulers needed consent from their populace to govern. When central institutions were strong—as in China or the Middle East—consent was less necessary and autocracy more likely. He then explores the transition from early to modern democracy, which first took shape in England and then the United States, illustrating that modern democracy arose as an effort to combine popular control with a strong state over a large territory. Democracy has been an experiment that has unfolded over time and across the world—and its transformation is ongoing. Amidst rising democratic anxieties, The Decline and Rise of Democracy widens the historical lens on the growth of political institutions and offers surprising lessons for all who care about governance.
Categories: History

Japanese Politics Today

Japanese Politics Today

This book explores the gradual shift from what the editors call karaoke democracy to kabuki democracy.

Author: Takashi Inoguchi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230370838

Category: Political Science

Page: 222

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Japanese politics now, with seven prime ministers appointed within this decade and the second major political party turnover taken place within the last two decades, is undergoing a great transition. This book explores the gradual shift from what the editors call karaoke democracy to kabuki democracy.
Categories: Political Science

Democracy Now

Democracy Now

This important book looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.

Author: Amy Goodman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501123597

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 283

A celebration of the revolutionary change Amy and David Goodman have witnessed during the two decades of their acclaimed television and radio news program Democracy Now!—and how small individual acts from progressive heroes have produced lasting results. In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today it is the largest public media collaboration in the US. This important book looks back over the past twenty years of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes us along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson to Staten Island, Wall Street, and South Carolina to East Timor—and other places where people are rising up to demand justice. Giving voice to those who have been forgotten, forsaken, and beaten down by the powerful, Democracy Now! pays tribute to those progressive heroes—the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protestors—who have brought about remarkable, often invisible change over the last couple of decades in seismic ways. This is “an impassioned book aiming to fuel informed participation, outrage, and dissent” (Kirkus Reviews).
Categories: Political Science

Representative Democracy in Britain Today

Representative Democracy in Britain Today

In the aftermath of the Scott Report and the Nolan Committee this new study looks at the declining accountability of government in Britain, and the growth of quangos and agencies as well as the Monarchy and House of Lords are examined.

Author: Colin Pilkington

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719048184

Category: Political Science

Page: 286

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In the aftermath of the Scott Report and the Nolan Committee this new study looks at the declining accountability of government in Britain, and the growth of quangos and agencies as well as the Monarchy and House of Lords are examined.
Categories: Political Science

Spain

Spain

Author: Constantine Christopher Menges

Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)

ISBN: UOM:39015008020961

Category: Espagne - Politique et gouvernement - 1975-

Page: 80

View: 521

Categories: Espagne - Politique et gouvernement - 1975-

Thinking about Democracy Today

Thinking about Democracy Today

Reflecting on democracy today is an issue of huge importance - especially for
those of us who live in developing countries and are subjected to the demands of
the "big brothers". My first chapter points out that, in countries like the US, ...

Author: Kevin J. Barr

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015076160848

Category: Democracy

Page: 70

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Categories: Democracy

Plato and Democracy Today

Plato and Democracy Today

This book deploys an innovative narrative device to mount an exercise in (popular) political philosophy.

Author: Keekok Lee

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527523326

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

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This book deploys an innovative narrative device to mount an exercise in (popular) political philosophy. It presents Plato as “the Reith Lecturer” bringing up to date his critique of democracy which he began more than two thousand years ago in The Republic. Three recent “unexpected” electoral outcomes (the Brexit Referendum in the UK, the Presidential Election in the USA in 2016, and the UK General Election in 2017) allow it to focus on populism and the role it plays in understanding the logic of democracy. The book relentlessly exposes its fundamental flaw as demagoguery, relying not on high abstract philosophical/political theorising but entirely on empirical data to back up his critique. Ironically, it shows that Orwell’s Newspeak is its tongue.
Categories: Political Science

Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today

Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today

By engaging with the controversy between the autonomous, biopolitical ’multitude’ of Hardt and Negri and the arguments in favour of the hegemony of ’the people’ advanced by J. Rancière, E. Laclau, C. Mouffe and S. Zizek the central ...

Author: Alexandros Kioupkiolis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317071945

Category: Political Science

Page: 258

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The 'Arab spring', the Spanish indignados, the Greek aganaktismenoi and the Occupy Wall Street movement all share a number of distinctive traits; they made extensive use of social networking and were committed to the direct democratic participation of all as they co-ordinated and conducted their actions. Leaderless and self-organized, they were socially and ideologically heterogeneous, dismissing fixed agendas or ideologies. Still, the assembled multitudes that animated these mobilizations often claimed to speak in the name of ’the people’, and they aspired to empowered forms of egalitarian self-government in common. Similar features have marked collective resistances from the Zapatistas and the Seattle protests onwards, giving rise to theoretical and practical debates over the importance of these ideological and political forms. By engaging with the controversy between the autonomous, biopolitical ’multitude’ of Hardt and Negri and the arguments in favour of the hegemony of ’the people’ advanced by J. Rancière, E. Laclau, C. Mouffe and S. Zizek the central aim of this book is to discuss these instances of collective mobilization, to probe the innovative practices and ideas they have developed and to debate their potential to reinvigorate democracy whilst seeking something better than ’disaster capitalism’.
Categories: Political Science

Democratic Theory Today

Democratic Theory Today

This book examines some key theoretical and practical problems for democracy today, such as the nature of citizenship and forms of inequality and exclusion based on poverty, gender and ethnic or cultural difference.

Author: April Carter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, liberal democracy appears as the only valid form of democracy. Nonetheless, the well-established parliamentary regimes are facing serious threats to both their liberal and their democratic values. Among these threats are economic globalization and the growing assertion of cultural difference and nationalism. This book examines some key theoretical and practical problems for democracy today, such as the nature of citizenship and forms of inequality and exclusion based on poverty, gender and ethnic or cultural difference. It also explores the challenges posed by nationalism and by claims for group rights and indigenous autonomy. The authors discuss recent theoretical responses to the problems of political apathy and inequality, as well as globalization and identity politics. These various approaches accept the basic institutions of liberal democracy but look for ways of revitalizing political debate and participation, promoting greater equality and responding to the erosion of national sovereignty by global forces. Democratic Theory Today will provide a lively and accessible guide for students of political science, political theory and political philosophy. It will also be of interest to those engaged in current debates about democracy. .
Categories: Political Science

Democracy Today

Democracy Today

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UTEXAS:059173023732476

Category: Democracy

Page:

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Categories: Democracy

Mask of Democracy

Mask of Democracy

Incorporating scores of interviews with Mexican rank-and-file workers, labor union officials, women's organizations, lawyers, and human rights activists, La Botz illustrates the history of Mexican workers and offers insights into their post ...

Author: Dan La Botz

Publisher: South End Press

ISBN: 089608437X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 223

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Incorporating scores of interviews with Mexican rank-and-file workers, labor union officials, women's organizations, lawyers, and human rights activists, La Botz illustrates the history of Mexican workers and offers insights into their post-NAFTA prospects.
Categories: Business & Economics

Politics as a Christian Vocation

Politics as a Christian Vocation

This 2004 book argues that Christian faith belongs in politics because both pursue rational forms of thought.

Author: Franklin I. Gamwell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521547520

Category: Philosophy

Page: 185

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This 2004 book argues that Christian faith belongs in politics because both pursue rational forms of thought.
Categories: Philosophy

Representative Democracy in Britain Today

Representative Democracy in Britain Today

Now government domination of parliament is extremely effective . ... At the heart
of this critique of British democracy today , which repeats briefly what we have
already discussed in this book , is the fact that government maintains its control ...

Author: Colin Pilkington

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105019342471

Category: Democracy

Page: 286

View: 992

In the aftermath of the Scott Report and the Nolan Committee, this study looks at the declining accountability of government in Britain. A historical survey of the growth of democratic institutions in Britain reveals the great antiquity of the British parliamentary system but it also asks whether institutions evolved in the Middle Ages are suitable and relevant for a country facing the 21st century. A range of constitutional issues and concerns are examined, ranging from the regulation of privatized utilities, to the role of the Treasury in economic accountability. The changes in administration, with the growth of quangos and agencies, are examined, as is the role of unelected components of the system such as the Monarchy and the House of Lords.
Categories: Democracy

Democracy in Decline

Democracy in Decline

This short collection of essays is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the latest thinking on one of the most critical questions of our era.

Author: Larry Diamond

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421418193

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

View: 263

This short collection of essays is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the latest thinking on one of the most critical questions of our era.
Categories: Political Science

Inspiring Participatory Democracy

Inspiring Participatory Democracy

In Inspiring Participatory Democracy Tom Hayden, one of the principal architects of the statement, analyses its historical impact and relevance to today's movements.

Author: Tom Hayden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317257486

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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The famous 1962 Port Huron Statement by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) introduced the concept of participatory democracy to popular discourse and practice. In Inspiring Participatory Democracy Tom Hayden, one of the principal architects of the statement, analyses its historical impact and relevance to today's movements. Inspiring Participatory Democracy includes the full transcript of the Port Huron statment and shows how it played an important role in the movements for black civil rights, against the Vietnam war and for the Freedom of Information Act. Published during the year of Port Huron's 50th anniversary, Inspiring Participatory Democracy will be of great interest to readers interested in social history, politics and social activism.
Categories: Social Science

Democracy Today and Tomorrow

Democracy Today and Tomorrow

Author: Czechoslovakia. President (1935-1948 : Beneš)

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015021318038

Category: Democracy

Page: 244

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Categories: Democracy

Democracy and Economy

Democracy and Economy

This text presents a detailed history of democracy, while also considering the modern methodological tools of economic history, institutional economics, and political, social and behavioural sciences, to explain why and how democracy was ...

Author: Emmanouil Marios N. Economou

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527535671

Category: History

Page: 348

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This text presents a detailed history of democracy, while also considering the modern methodological tools of economic history, institutional economics, and political, social and behavioural sciences, to explain why and how democracy was created, how it evolved and how it progresses. The book provides answers to a number of questions, such as what form of government democracy is, why it was first developed in ancient Greece, why it is that democracy—in order to flourish—requires strong and stable economic structures, and what role political and military organizations play in the shape of these elements. The volume analyses various cases studies drawn from Ancient Greece, Switzerland, England, the United Provinces, France, the USA, Germany and the EU.
Categories: History