Author: Anthony Arblaster

Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816616647

Category: Political Science

Page: 119

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/pas0/In praise of previous editions:/par0/par0/"...brilliant introduction." - New Statesman and Society/par0/par0/"From start to finish, Arblaster's book is stimulating and highly readable." - Times Higher/par0/par0/" ideal first book to place in the hands of a student embarking on the study of democracy." - Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics/par0/par0/* What is the meaning of democracy?/par0/* Why has democracy provoked hostility in the past? Has the hostility entirely vanished?/par0/* How democratic are contemporary Western societies in reality and how might they be made more democratic? /par0/The revised and updated edition of this widely acclaimed survey takes account of the very different global context in which any discussion of democracy must now take place, including the mighty power of the multinationals vis-a-vis elected governments, the resurgence of the idea of an Islamic alternative to the Western democratic ideal, and the suggestion that unelected but powerful international bodies are effectively eroding the authority of the democratic state. Anthony Arblaster looks first at the history of both the theory and practice of democracy, and the fierce opposition it has often provoked, showing how the representative version of democracy we are now familiar with was a relatively late arrival on the scene. He finds the core of the idea of democracy in the notion of popular power, and in the second part of the book he explores the meaning of this and the problems it involves. Drawing on the classic writings of Rousseau, Paine and John Stuart Mill, he shows how wide the gap is between their vision of a fully democratic society and the limited realities of the Western democracies of today. Democracy, he argues, remains a relevant ideal and a challenge to much conventional political thinking, as well as to the centralizing tendencies of global power.

For Democracy

For Democracy

Author: Ronald M. Glassman

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39015026808272

Category: Social Science

Page: 174

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This socio-historical analysis describes the critical role of the middle class in democracy, in class struggle, and in the development of capitalism.

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123404621

Category: History

Page: 892

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The Norton Critical Edition presents Tocqueville's classic text in the Henry Reeves translation.

Sustainable Democracy

Sustainable Democracy

Author: John Buell

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39076001715726

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 180

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One of the most fundamental dilemmas characterizing the end of the twentieth century is the tension between consumerism, on one hand, and the threats to our health and environment on the other. John Buell and Thomas S DeLuca provide a trenchant analysis of the growth of environmentalism during a period of increased conservatism and deregulation. First, they consider the myths that strengthen our understanding of environmental issues and their political ramifications. The authors then probe the intricate relation between economic growth and environmentalism. Finally, they suggest a series of principles and reforms that point to a way out of the bind that threatens to ensnare us.