The Threshold of Democracy

The Threshold of Democracy
Author: Josiah Ober,Naomi J. Norman,Mark C. Carnes,Mark Christopher Carnes
Publsiher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 9780393938876
ISBN 13: 0393938875
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Threshold of Democracy Book Review:

A Norton original in the Reacting to the Past series, The Threshold of Democracy re-creates the intellectual dynamics of one of the most formative periods in western history.

The Threshold of Democracy

The Threshold of Democracy
Author: Mark C. Carnes,Josiah Ober
Publsiher: Longman
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2004-11
ISBN 10: 9780321333032
ISBN 13: 0321333039
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Threshold of Democracy Book Review:

Innovative and engaging, The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C. explores the intellectual dynamics of democracy by recreating the historical context that shaped its evolution. Part of the “Reacting to the Past” series, this text consists of elaborate games in which students are assigned roles, informed by classic texts, set in particular moments of intellectual and social ferment. Issues of the time are sorted out by a polity fractured into radical and moderate democrats, oligarchs, and Socratics, among others.

Prospects of Democracy

Prospects of Democracy
Author: Tatu Vanhanen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2002-11-01
ISBN 10: 1134762275
ISBN 13: 9781134762279
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Prospects of Democracy Book Review:

This book provides the most extensive comparative survey of the state and conditions of democracy ever made. It focuses on 172 contemporary states, with historical data on the measures of democracy and on explanatory variables extending back to the 1850s. It presents a comprehensive exploration of democratization, its successes and failures, making predictions on the prospects for democracy for single countries and for seven regions of the world. As well as presenting empirical analyses of democratization on the basis of Vanhanens's resource distribution theory of democratization and making predictions on the prospects, the book includes contributions from five commentators, Mitchell A. Seligson on Latin America, Samuel Decalo and John W. Forje on Africa, John Henderson on Oceania and Ilter Turan on why some of the countires that pass Vanhanen's democratic threshold cannot in fact be seen as democracies. The volume also includes an introductory chapter which examines and compares other theoretical interpretations of democratization. Prospects for Democracy will be essential reading for all serious students of comparative politics and democracy.

Athenian Democracy

Athenian Democracy
Author: John Thorley
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2012-08-21
ISBN 10: 1134364598
ISBN 13: 9781134364596
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Athenian Democracy Book Review:

The fifth century BC witnessed not only the emergence of one of the first democracies, but also the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley provides a concise analysis of the development and operation of Athenian democracy against this backdrop. Taking into account both primary source material and the work of modern historians, Athenian Democracy examines: * the prelude to democracy * how the democractic system emerged * how this system worked in practice * the efficiency of this system of government * the success of Athenian democracy. Including a useful chronology and blibliography, this second edition has been updated to take into account recent research.

Democracy in Classical Athens

Democracy in Classical Athens
Author: Christopher Carey
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2017-01-12
ISBN 10: 1474286372
ISBN 13: 9781474286374
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy in Classical Athens Book Review:

For two centuries classical Athens enjoyed almost uninterrupted democratic government. This was not a parliamentary democracy of the modern sort but a direct democracy in which all citizens were free to participate in the business of government. Throughout this period Athens was the cultural centre of Greece and one of the major Greek powers. This book traces the development and operation of the political system and explores its underlying principles. Christopher Carey assesses the ancient sources of the history of Athenian democracy and evaluates criticisms of the system, ancient and modern. He also provides a virtual tour of the political cityscape of ancient Athens, describing the main political sites and structures, including the theatre. With a new chapter covering religion in the democratic city, this second edition benefits from updates throughout that incorporate the latest research and recent archaeological findings in Athens. A clearer structure and layout make the book more accessible to students, as do extra images and maps along with a timeline of key events.

At the Threshold of Liberty

At the Threshold of Liberty
Author: Tamika Y. Nunley
Publsiher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-01-29
ISBN 10: 146966223X
ISBN 13: 9781469662237
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

At the Threshold of Liberty Book Review:

The capital city of a nation founded on the premise of liberty, nineteenth-century Washington, D.C., was both an entrepot of urban slavery and the target of abolitionist ferment. The growing slave trade and the enactment of Black codes placed the city's Black women within the rigid confines of a social hierarchy ordered by race and gender. At the Threshold of Liberty reveals how these women--enslaved, fugitive, and free--imagined new identities and lives beyond the oppressive restrictions intended to prevent them from ever experiencing liberty, self-respect, and power. Consulting newspapers, government documents, letters, abolitionist records, legislation, and memoirs, Tamika Y. Nunley traces how Black women navigated social and legal proscriptions to develop their own ideas about liberty as they escaped from slavery, initiated freedom suits, created entrepreneurial economies, pursued education, and participated in political work. In telling these stories, Nunley places Black women at the vanguard of the history of Washington, D.C., and the momentous transformations of nineteenth-century America.

The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy

The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy
Author: Demetra Kasimis
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-07-31
ISBN 10: 1107052432
ISBN 13: 9781107052437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perpetual Immigrant and the Limits of Athenian Democracy Book Review:

Argues that immigration politics is a central - but overlooked - object of inquiry in the democratic thought of classical Athens. Thinkers criticized democracy's strategic investments in nativism, the shifting boundaries of citizenship, and the precarious membership that a blood-based order effects for those eligible and ineligible to claim it.


Author: Josiah Ober
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-07-31
ISBN 10: 1316510360
ISBN 13: 9781316510360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Demopolis Book Review:

What did democracy mean before liberalism? What are the consequences for our lives today? These questions are examined by this book.

Democracy Without Shortcuts

Democracy Without Shortcuts
Author: Cristina Lafont
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-01-12
ISBN 10: 0198848188
ISBN 13: 9780198848189
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy Without Shortcuts Book Review:

This book articulates a participatory conception of deliberative democracy that takes the democratic ideal of self-government seriously. It aims to improve citizens' democratic control and vindicate the value of citizens' participation against conceptions that threaten to undermine it. The book critically analyzes deep pluralist, epistocratic, and lottocratic conceptions of democracy. Their defenders propose various institutional ''shortcuts'' to help solve problems of democratic governance such as overcoming disagreements, citizens' political ignorance, or poor-quality deliberation. However, all these shortcut proposals require citizens to blindly defer to actors over whose decisions they cannot exercise control. Implementing such proposals would therefore undermine democracy. Moreover, it seems naive to assume that a community can reach better outcomes 'faster' if it bypasses the beliefs and attitudes of its citizens. Unfortunately, there are no 'shortcuts' to make a community better than its members. The only road to better outcomes is the long, participatory road that is taken when citizens forge a collective will by changing one another's hearts and minds. However difficult the process of justifying political decisions to one another may be, skipping it cannot get us any closer to the democratic ideal. Starting from this conviction, the book defends a conception of democracy ''without shortcuts''. This conception sheds new light on long-standing debates about the proper scope of public reason, the role of religion in politics, and the democratic legitimacy of judicial review. It also proposes new ways to unleash the democratic potential of institutional innovations such as deliberative minipublics.

Democracy and Its Others

Democracy and Its Others
Author: Jeffrey H. Epstein
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-02-25
ISBN 10: 1501312022
ISBN 13: 9781501312021
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy and Its Others Book Review:

Today's unprecedented levels of human migration present urgent challenges to traditional conceptualizations of national identity, nation-state sovereignty, and democratic citizenship. Foreigners are commonly viewed as outsiders whose inclusion within or exclusion from “the people” of the democratic state rests upon whether they benefit or threaten the unity of the nation. Against this instrumentalization of the foreigner, this book traces the historical development of the concepts of sovereignty and foreignness through the thought of philosophers such as Plato, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Derrida, and Benhabib in order to show that foreignness is a structural feature of sovereignty that cannot be purged or assimilated. Understood in this light, foreignness allows for new forms of democratic political unity to be imagined that reject local practices which deprive individuals of political membership solely on the basis of national citizenship. This cosmopolitan model for citizenship provides a novel conceptual framework that simultaneously upholds the legal importance of democratic citizenship for political justice while ceaselessly contesting the exclusionary logic of the nation-state that reserves democratic rights for members of the nation alone.

Development Democracy and Welfare States

Development  Democracy  and Welfare States
Author: Stephan Haggard,Robert R. Kaufman
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-06-23
ISBN 10: 0691214158
ISBN 13: 9780691214153
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Development Democracy and Welfare States Book Review:

This is the first book to compare the distinctive welfare states of Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe. Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman trace the historical origins of social policy in these regions to crucial political changes in the mid-twentieth century, and show how the legacies of these early choices are influencing welfare reform following democratization and globalization. After World War II, communist regimes in Eastern Europe adopted wide-ranging socialist entitlements while conservative dictatorships in East Asia sharply limited social security but invested in education. In Latin America, where welfare systems were instituted earlier, unequal social-security systems favored formal sector workers and the middle class. Haggard and Kaufman compare the different welfare paths of the countries in these regions following democratization and the move toward more open economies. Although these transformations generated pressure to reform existing welfare systems, economic performance and welfare legacies exerted a more profound influence. The authors show how exclusionary welfare systems and economic crisis in Latin America created incentives to adopt liberal social-policy reforms, while social entitlements from the communist era limited the scope of liberal reforms in the new democracies of Eastern Europe. In East Asia, high growth and permissive fiscal conditions provided opportunities to broaden social entitlements in the new democracies. This book highlights the importance of placing the contemporary effects of democratization and globalization into a broader historical context.

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
Author: Larry Jay Diamond,Marc F. Plattner,Daniel Brumberg
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2003
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015059957475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East Book Review:

Thirty articles reprinted from issues of the Journal of Democracy investigate why the Middle East is the only region of the world to have been largely untouched by the third wave of global democratizations since 1974. Political scientists, most from or working in western countries, look at such aspects as the decline of pluralism in Mubarak's Egypt, Iran's remarkable election, and the sources of enlightened Muslim thought. Annotation ♭2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Rise of Democracy

Rise of Democracy
Author: Christopher Hobson
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2015-10-31
ISBN 10: 0748692827
ISBN 13: 9780748692828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rise of Democracy Book Review:

Explores democracy's remarkable rise from obscurity to centre stage in contemporary international relations, from the rogue democratic state of 18th Century France to Western pressures for countries throughout the world to democratise.

Democratization in the Arab World

Democratization in the Arab World
Author: Laurel E. Miller,Jeffrey Martini,F. Stephen Larrabee,Angel Rabasa,Stephanie Pezard
Publsiher: Rand Corporation
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2012-07-18
ISBN 10: 0833072080
ISBN 13: 9780833072085
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democratization in the Arab World Book Review:

Daunting challenges lie ahead for Arab countries where revolutions have upended longstanding authoritarian regimes. This monograph aims to help policymakers understand the challenges ahead, form well-founded expectations, shape diplomatic approaches, and take practical steps to foster positive change.

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage
Author: Judith Brett
Publsiher: Text Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-03-05
ISBN 10: 1925626814
ISBN 13: 9781925626810
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage Book Review:

It’s compulsory to vote in Australia. We are one of a handful of countries in the world that enforce this rule at election time, and the only English-speaking country that makes its citizens vote. Not only that, we embrace it. We celebrate compulsory voting with barbeques and cake stalls at polling stations, and election parties that spill over into Sunday morning. But how did this come to be: when and why was voting in Australia made compulsory? How has this affected our politics? And how else is the way we vote different from other democracies? Lively and inspiring, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin.

The Future of Freedom Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad Revised Edition

The Future of Freedom  Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad  Revised Edition
Author: Fareed Zakaria
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2007-10-17
ISBN 10: 9780393069396
ISBN 13: 0393069397
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future of Freedom Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad Revised Edition Book Review:

“A work of tremendous originality and insight. ... Makes you see the world differently.”—Washington Post Translated into twenty languages ?The Future of Freedom ?is a modern classic that uses historical analysis to shed light on the present, examining how democracy has changed our politics, economies, and social relations. Prescient in laying out the distinction between democracy and liberty, the book contains a new afterword on the United States's occupation of Iraq and a wide-ranging update of the book's themes.

Political Discourse in Emergent Fragile and Failed Democracies

Political Discourse in Emergent  Fragile  and Failed Democracies
Author: Orwenjo, Daniel Ochieng
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2016-04-19
ISBN 10: 1522500820
ISBN 13: 9781522500827
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Discourse in Emergent Fragile and Failed Democracies Book Review:

Any system of government is comprised of several dimensions of functionality, which must all work in congruence. When any part of the system is dysfunctional, the government’s stability becomes fractured and societal problems can arise. Political Discourse in Emergent, Fragile, and Failed Democracies examines the effects of unstable democratic systems of government in modern society, providing an imperative analysis on political communications from such nations. Highlighting real-world examples on the constraints seen in malfunctioning or emerging governments, this book is a pivotal reference source for policy makers, researchers, academicians, and upper-level students interested in politics and governance.

Democracy and Technology

Democracy and Technology
Author: Richard Sclove
Publsiher: Guilford Press
Total Pages: 338
Release: 1995-07-28
ISBN 10: 9780898628616
ISBN 13: 089862861X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy and Technology Book Review:

Intended for anyone interested in democracy and public policy, social justice and empowerment, political economy and business or the social consequences of technology and architecture.

Beyond Slacktivism

Beyond Slacktivism
Author: James Dennis
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2018-10-24
ISBN 10: 3030008444
ISBN 13: 9783030008444
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond Slacktivism Book Review:

Beyond Slacktivism examines how routine social media use shapes political participation. Many commentators have argued that activism has been compromised by “slacktivism,” a pejorative term that refers to supposedly inauthentic, low-threshold forms of engagement online. Dennis argues that this critique has an overly narrow focus. He offers a novel theoretical framework—the continuum of participation—to help illuminate how and why citizens use social networking sites to consume news, discuss civic matters, and engage in politics. This idea is explored in two interrelated settings. Firstly, in an activist context, through an ethnography of the campaigning organisation 38 Degrees. Secondly, within day-to-day life, by combining evidence of behaviour online with reflective diaries. Drawing on this rich data on individual-level attitudes and behaviours, Dennis challenges slacktivism as a judgement on contemporary political action. Beyond Slacktivism provides an account of how the seemingly mundane everyday use of social media can be beneficial to democracy.

Time to Save Democracy

Time to Save Democracy
Author: Henry Tam
Publsiher: Policy Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-03-14
ISBN 10: 1447338243
ISBN 13: 9781447338246
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Time to Save Democracy Book Review:

In the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, Henry Tam explores what should be done to revive democracy, setting out in a clear and accessible manner 9 key areas where reforms are necessary to ensure we can govern ourselves more effectively.