The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy

The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy
Author: Eri Bertsou,Daniele Caramani
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2020-04-01
ISBN 10: 1000043606
ISBN 13: 9781000043600
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy Book Review:

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.

Facing the Challenge of Democracy

Facing the Challenge of Democracy
Author: Paul M. Sniderman,Benjamin Highton
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2011-10-10
ISBN 10: 1400840309
ISBN 13: 9781400840304
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Facing the Challenge of Democracy Book Review:

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.

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy
Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2015-05-20
ISBN 10: 1400873207
ISBN 13: 9781400873203
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy Book Review:

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.

Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy

Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy
Author: Felia Allum,Renate Siebert
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2004-06-01
ISBN 10: 1134201508
ISBN 13: 9781134201501
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy Book Review:

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

The Challenge of Democracy
Author: Hugh Cunningham
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2014-10-29
ISBN 10: 1317883284
ISBN 13: 9781317883289
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Challenge of Democracy Book Review:

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

Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century
Author: Luca Tomini,Giulia Sandri
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2018-05-08
ISBN 10: 1351209493
ISBN 13: 9781351209496
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century Book Review:

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

Authoritarianism Goes Global
Author: Larry Diamond,Marc F. Plattner,Christopher Walker
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-04-15
ISBN 10: 142141998X
ISBN 13: 9781421419985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Authoritarianism Goes Global Book Review:

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

The Challenge to Democracy in Nepal
Author: T. Louise Brown
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2002-11-01
ISBN 10: 1134885334
ISBN 13: 9781134885336
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Challenge to Democracy in Nepal Book Review:

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.

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy
Author: Yoav Peled
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 1134449003
ISBN 13: 9781134449002
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy Book Review:

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.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia
Author: Bahru Zewde,Siegfried Pausewang
Publsiher: Nordic Africa Institute
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9789171065018
ISBN 13: 9171065016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ethiopia Book Review:

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.

Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy

Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy
Author: Jay P. Corrin
Publsiher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Total Pages: 582
Release: 2010-12-20
ISBN 10: 0268159289
ISBN 13: 9780268159283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Catholic Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democracy Book Review:

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.

Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy

Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy
Author: Jos‰ Casas Pardo,Pedro Schwartz
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 366
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN 10: 9781847205285
ISBN 13: 1847205283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Public Choice and the Challenges of Democracy Book Review:

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

The French National Front

The French National Front
Author: Harvey G Simmons
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2018-03-05
ISBN 10: 0429976178
ISBN 13: 9780429976179
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The French National Front Book Review:

Over the past few decades, extreme-right political parties have won increasing support throughout Europe. The largest and most sophisticated of these is the French National Front. Led by the charismatic Jean-Marie Le Pen, the Front is now the third most important political force in France after the mainstream right and the socialists.This clear and comprehensive book explores the antecedents for the meteoric rise of the National Front. Beginning with a political history of the extreme right from 1945 to 1995, Harvey Simmons traces links between Le Pen and French neo-fascist and extreme-right organizations of the 1950s and 1960s, and concludes with analyses of the Front's antisemitism, racism, organization, ideology, language, electorate, and views on women. Simmons argues that the Front is not a party like any other, but a major threat to French democracy.

Democracies Divided

Democracies Divided
Author: Thomas Carothers,Andrew O'Donohue
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2019-09-24
ISBN 10: 081573722X
ISBN 13: 9780815737223
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracies Divided Book Review:

“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.

Platforms Protests and the Challenge of Networked Democracy

Platforms  Protests  and the Challenge of Networked Democracy
Author: John Jones,Michael Trice
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2020-07-08
ISBN 10: 3030365255
ISBN 13: 9783030365257
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Platforms Protests and the Challenge of Networked Democracy Book Review:

This book examines the recent evolution of online spaces and their impact on networked democracy. Through an illuminating mix of theoretical and methodological analysis, contributors provide an understanding of how a range of individuals and groups, including activists and NGOs, governments and griefers, are using digital technologies to influence public debates. Contributions consider these phenomena in a global contemporary context, providing within the same volume rigorous examinations of the design of digital platforms for deliberation, users’ attempts to manipulate those platforms, and the ways activists and governments are responding to emerging threats to democratic discourse. Providing diverse, global case studies, this collection is a valuable tool for academics within and beyond the fields of new media, communication, and information policy and governance.

First Democracy

First Democracy
Author: Paul Woodruff
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2006-03-16
ISBN 10: 0195304543
ISBN 13: 9780195304541
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

First Democracy Book Review:

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

The Challenge of Ethnic Conflict Democracy and Self determination in Central Europe

The Challenge of Ethnic Conflict  Democracy and Self determination in Central Europe
Author: Anton Pelinka,Dov Ronen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2013-10-23
ISBN 10: 1135249970
ISBN 13: 9781135249977
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Challenge of Ethnic Conflict Democracy and Self determination in Central Europe Book Review:

This volume provides an overall assessment of ethnic diversity in Central Europe in historical context and presents a critical assessment of the conflict in former Yugoslavia. It advances a hypothesis on the origins of ethnic conflict, proposes an approach to the prevention and reduction of ethnic conflict in general and in Central Europe in particular, and forwards concrete policy recommendations for the region of East and Central Europe and beyond.

America s Public Philosopher

America s Public Philosopher
Author: John Dewey
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN 10: 0231552882
ISBN 13: 9780231552882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America s Public Philosopher Book Review:

John Dewey was America’s greatest public philosopher. A prolific and influential writer for both scholarly and general audiences, he stands out for the remarkable breadth of his contributions. Dewey was a founder of a distinctly American philosophical tradition, pragmatism, and he spoke out widely on the most important questions of his day. He was a progressive thinker whose deep commitment to democracy led him to courageous stances on issues such as war, civil liberties, and racial, class, and gender inequalities. This book gathers the clearest and most powerful of Dewey’s public writings and shows how they continue to speak to the challenges we face today. An introductory essay and short introductions to each of the texts discuss the current relevance and significance of Dewey’s work and legacy. The book includes forty-six essays on topics such as democracy in the United States, political power, education, economic justice, science and society, and philosophy and culture. These essays inspire optimism for the possibility of a more humane public and political culture, in which citizens share in the pursuit of lifelong education through participation in democratic life. America’s Public Philosopher reveals John Dewey as a powerful example for scholars seeking to address a wider audience and a much-needed voice for all readers in search of intellectual and moral leadership.

German Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democratic Renewal

German Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democratic Renewal
Author: Sean A. Forner
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2014-10-23
ISBN 10: 1107049571
ISBN 13: 9781107049574
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

German Intellectuals and the Challenge of Democratic Renewal Book Review:

Examines how democracy was rethought in Germany in the wake of National Socialism, the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Inventing Leadership

Inventing Leadership
Author: J. Thomas Wren
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 404
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1847207243
ISBN 13: 9781847207241
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inventing Leadership Book Review:

Tom Wren s book is a masterpiece of intellectual history. It explores the philosophical and historical foundations of democracy in a compelling way. Wren is a sparkling and graceful writer. He makes a potentially dry subject come alive with wit and insight. The issues Wren addresses are extremely timely, as the United States endeavors to advance democracy in the Middle East. George Goethals, University of Richmond, US In this important analysis of democratic thought and treatise on leadership, historian Tom Wren drills down to the essential intellectual paradox: that leadership and democracy are inherently hostile concepts. Wren brilliantly strips down our fictions concerning these domains in his extensive deconstruction of both classical and modern thought. What emerges is a dialectical awakening and a practical new vision of citizen participation and enlightened leadership. Georgia Sorenson, James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park and US Army An excellent scholarly work that is well written and highly relevant within the context of contemporary politics. Although essential reading for teachers and students of political theory, it will also interest the general reader and armchair politician. First Trust Bank Economic Outlook and Business Review Wren is to be commended for attempting to lay bare the underlying assumptions and premises that inform any approach to politics. . . an important contribution to an ongoing conversation about what contemporary leadership should look like. Undergraduates will benefit from his review of important theorists, and practitioners should be challenged by Wren s own theses about leadership. Highly recommended. All readership levels. M.J. Watson, Choice The tension between ruler and ruled in democratic societies has never been satisfactorily resolved, and the competing interpretations of this relationship lie at the bottom of much modern political discourse. In this fascinating book, Thomas Wren clarifies and elevates the debates over leadership by identifying the fundamental premises and assumptions that underlie past and present understandings. The author traces the intellectual history of the central constructs: the leader, the people, and, ultimately, the relationship between them as they seek to accomplish societal objectives. He begins with a discussion of the invented notion of the classical paragon of a ruler. Next he pursues the invention of the countervailing concept of a sovereign people, and finally, the need for the invention of a new construct leadership which embodies a new relation between ruler and ruled in regimes dedicated to power in the people. In doing so, he draws upon the giants of the Western intellectual tradition as well as the insights of modern historians, political scientists, sociologists and leadership scholars. The book concludes with a proposed model of leadership for a modern democratic world. Elegantly written and masterfully argued, this comprehensive study will be essential reading for students and scholars of leadership and democracy.