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Democracy And Association

Author : Mark E. Warren
ISBN : 0691050775
Genre : Political Science
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Tocqueville's view that a virtuous and viable democracy depends on robust associational life has become a cornerstone of contemporary democratic theory. Democratic theorists generally agree that issue networks, recreational associations, support circles, religious groups, unions, advocacy groups, and myriad other kinds of associations enhance democracy by cultivating citizenship, promoting public deliberation, providing voice and representation, and enabling varied forms of governance. Yet there has been little work to show how and why different kinds of association have different effects on democracy--many supportive but others minimal or even destructive. This book offers the first systematic assessment of what associations do and don't do for democracy. Mark Warren explains how and when associational life expands the domain, inclusiveness, and authenticity of democracy. He looks at which associations are most likely to foster individuals' capacities for democratic citizenship, provoke political debate, open existing institutions, guide market activities, or bring democratic decision-making to new venues. Throughout, Warren also considers the trade-offs involved, noting, for example, that organizational solidarity can dampen internal dissent and deliberation even as it enhances public deliberation. Blending political and social theory with an eye to social science, Democracy and Association will draw social scientists with interests in democracy, political philosophers, students of public policy, as well as the many activists who fortify the varied landscape we call civil society. As an original analysis of which associational soils yield vigorous democracies, the book will have a major impact on democratic theory and empirical research.

Democracy And The Role Of Associations

Author : Sigrid Rossteutscher
ISBN : 041532548X
Genre : Political Science
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Voluntary associations have been presented as a solution to political apathy and cynicism towards representative democracy. The authors collected in this volume, however, argue that these claims require more robust substantiation and seek to critically examine the crucial link between the associative sector and the health of democracy. Focusing on the role of context and using diverse approaches and empirical material, they explore whether these associations in differing socio-political contexts actually undermine rather than reinvigorate democracy.

Democracy And The Organization Of Political Parties England

Author : Moisej J. Ostrogorskij
ISBN : 1412821495
Genre : Political Science
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The two volumes of Moisei Ostrogorski's work, published in 1902 and long out of print in this century, are the fi rst serious attempt to analyze the consequences of democratic sufferage by a comparative analysis of political systems and had a profound eff ect on the subsequent writings of Max Weber and Robert Michels. Ostrogorski approached his analysis by a detailed history of the rise and changes in the party system in England and the United States, the first two nations to introduce mass suff rage. Although subsequent research has suggested the need to modify some of his historical statements, the books remain amazingly authoritative, and recent empirical studies conducted in this country have borne out many of Ostrogorski's fi ndings. Most current books on political parties acknowledge Ostrogorski as a major source of knowledge and ideas. His writings continue to be relevant to ongoing concerns in Britain and the United States.

Democracy Inc

Author : David S. Allen
ISBN : 9780252029752
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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He argues that such values, including winning, efficiency, and profitability, actually limit democratic involvement by devaluing discursive principles, creating an informed yet inactive public. Through an examination of professionalization in both the press and the law, corporate free speech rights, and free speech as property, Democracy, Inc. demonstrates how corporate values have warped our understanding of democracy and the concept of citizenship."--BOOK JACKET.

Decentralization And Local Democracy In The World

Author : United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
ISBN : 0821377353
Genre : Political Science
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'Decentralization and Local Democracy in the World' constitutes a global reference on decentralization by presenting the contemporary situation of local governments in all regions of the world. The report analyzes local authorities in each continent under three main themes: the evolution of territorial structures; responsibilities and power, management and finances; and local democracy. An additional chapter is dedicated to the governance of large metropolises, where rapid growth presents major challenges, in particular in the fast-developing countries of the South. This report also offers a comparative overview of the different realities concerning the state of decentralization, and how the basic indispensable mechansims for local democracy do, or do not exist in come countries. Relationships between the state and local authorities are evolving toward innovative forms of cooperation. In this context, the role of local authorities in the development of global policies is increasingly recognized. The first Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD) Report is one of the main products of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The GOLD Report is the first of what will be a triennial publication. UCLG represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organization's stated mission is: To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

Democracy And Trust

Author : Mark E. Warren
ISBN : 0521646871
Genre : Political Science
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Explores the implications for democracy of declining trust in government and between individuals.

Towards A Deliberative And Associational Democracy

Author : Stephen Elstub
ISBN : 9780748631483
Genre : Political Science
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In an era where citizens of liberal democracies are becoming increasingly disillusioned, dissatisfied and disenfranchised by the dominant political institutions and decision-making processes in these polities, new ideas of how to deepen democracy, re-engage citizens and enhance decision-making legitimacy are required. This book suggests that a combination of deliberative democracy and associational democracy is both a normatively desirable and an empirically plausible solution to the complex problems that are present in contemporary societies--as well as being compatible with many recent trends in governance. Author Stephen Elstub argues that by combining deliberative with associational democracy, the weaknesses of each model alone are compensated by the other, allowing the key strengths of each to manifest themselves. And he goes further by offering a detailed set of original, institutional requirements for liberal democracies that, if adopted, will enable a deliberative and associational democracy to be realised in practice.

Democracy In America

Author : Alexis De Tocqueville
ISBN : 9780553900385
Genre : Political Science
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From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America--first published in 1835--enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. Philosopher John Stuart Mill called it "among the most remarkable productions of our time." Woodrow Wilson wrote that de Tocqueville's ability to illuminate the actual workings of American democracy was "possibly without rival." For today's readers, de Tocqueville's concern about the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals remains deeply meaningful. His shrewd observations about the "almost royal prerogatives" of the president and the need for virtue in elected officials are particularly prophetic. His profound insights into the great rewards and responsibilities of democratic government are words every American needs to read, contemplate, and remember. From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system Democracy in America enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. De Toqueville's concern about the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals remains deeply meaningful. His insights into the great rewards and responsibilities of democratic government are words every American needs to read, contemplate, and remember. From the Paperback edition.

Structure And Operation Of Local And Regional Democracy

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ISBN : 9287142475
Genre : Estonia
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This book looks at the legal and institutional framework of local and regional government in Estonia. Issues considered include: constitutional and legal aspects; the structure of local and regional authorities; citizen participation in decision-making; local elections; the distribution of power and methods of co-operation between local and regional authorities; administrative personnel; and financial aspects of government. This study is part of a series, prepared by the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy, which examine the main aspects of local and regional government in the member states of the Council of Europe.

German Social Democracy And The Rise Of Nazism

Author : Donna Harsch
ISBN : 9780807861929
Genre : History
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German Social Democracy and the Rise of Nazism explores the failure of Germany's largest political party to stave off the Nazi threat to the Weimar republic. In 1928 members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) were elected to the chancellorship and thousands of state and municipal offices. But despite the party's apparent strengths, in 1933 Social Democracy succumbed to Nazi power without a fight. Previous scholarship has blamed this reversal of fortune on bureaucratic paralysis, but in this revisionist evaluation, Donna Harsch argues that the party's internal dynamics immobilized the SPD. Harsch looks closely at Social Democratic ideology, structure, and political culture, examining how each impinged upon the party's response to economic disaster, parliamentary crisis, and the Nazis. She considers political and organizational interplay within the SPD as well as interaction between the party, the Socialist trade unions, and the republican defense league. Conceding that lethargy and conservatism hampered the SPD, Harsch focuses on strikingly inventive ideas put forward by various Social Democrats to address the republic's crisis. She shows how the unresolved competition among these proposals blocked innovations that might have thwarted Nazism. Originally published in 1993. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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