Introducing Democracy

Author: David Beetham
Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 9231040871
Format: PDF
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Presents a selection of questions and answers covering the principles of democracy, including human rights, free and fair elections, open and accountable government, and civil society.

Summary of Democracy in Chains The Deep History of the Radical Right s Stealth Plan for America

Author: Paul Adams
Publisher: BH via PublishDrive
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean: Conversation Starters James McGill Buchanan was an economics professor at George Mason University who died in 2013. He was a Nobel Prize winner whose political ideas could very well be the primary cause behind the political divisiveness that the United States is going through. His teachings directed America’s billionaires to adopt an agenda that promote despotism and threaten democracy. Buchanan proposed using stealth for right-wing groups to sow doubt in people’s belief in the democratic institutions that serve them. Multi-awarded author and history professor Nancy Maclean digs deep into Buchanan’s ideas and its destabilizing political repercussions. Democracy in Chains won the Lannar Foundation Cultural Freedom Award, The Nation’s Most Valuable Book of 2017, and the 2018 Lillian Smith Book Award. A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to create hours of conversation: • Foster a deeper understanding of the book • Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups • Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately • Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent companion resource of the original book, enhancing your experience. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters. © Copyright 2018 Download your copy now on sale Read it on your PC, Mac, iOS or Android smartphone, tablet devices.

From War to Democracy

Author: Anna K. Jarstad
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139470957
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Attempts to introduce democracy in the wake of civil war face a critical problem: how can war-torn societies move towards peace and democracy when competitive politics and hard-fought elections exacerbate social and political conflict? Through a study of six themes (peacekeeping, management of violence, power sharing, political party transformation, elections, civil society and international reactions to democratization crises) this volume considers the dilemmas that arise in pursuing peace after civil war through processes of democratization. The contributors' research highlights the complex relationship between democratization, which is competitive, and peacebuilding or efforts to achieve reconciliation. The book offers insights into more effective action in peacebuilding in light of the short-term negative effects that democratization can introduce. It is a thought-provoking work that seeks both to advance theory and to provide policy-relevant findings to facilitate more effective and durable transitions from war to democracy.

Democracy and Youth in the Middle East

Author: Sulaiman al-Farsi
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1780760906
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The leaders of the oil-rich rentier states of the Middle East, and in particular in the Gulf, have hitherto often predicated their legitimacy on a tacit social contract with their (much poorer) populations. This social contract consists of little or no direct taxation, with some sort of subsidized living. But the casualty of this tacit agreement is often political participation, an issue which has come to the forefront in the Middle East following the 'Arab Spring' of 2011. Here, Sulaiman Al-Farsi looks at the impact the rentier nature of the Gulf States has on political participation, focusing on the nexus between tribe, religion and a new generation of young, highly educated citizens that is present in Oman. Specifically exploring the concept of shura (consultation), and how nascent concepts of democracy in the practice of shura have impacted and shaped the process of democratization, Al-Farsi's book is vital in the examination of the political discourse surrounding democratization across one of the most strategically important, but little understood states in the Middle East.

Politics and Democracy

Author: Tim Cooke
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1502628155
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book exposes readers to historical information regarding the formation of modern politics and democracy. From the early days of democracy in Athens, politics and government systems have undergone several changes up to the present moment. After the fall of the Roman Empire, most of Europe operated with a monarchical political system. Readers will learn how modern politics and governments have been influenced by such systems as Communism and fascism. Photographs and fact boxes support the information presented in the text. This title will spark readers’ interest in further pursuing the subject matter by providing them with a general overview of politics and democracy.


Author: Hans-Joachim Lauth
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322895904
Format: PDF, ePub
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Der Bedarf an der Demokratiemessung ist in der vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft in den letzten Jahren merklich gestiegen. Doch zugleich wurde in vielen demokratietheoretischen Debatten der Aspekt der Operationalisierung der vorgeschlagenen Demokratiemodelle zu stark vernachlässigt. Weder wurde stets eine empirische Überprüfung angestrebt, noch konnte die allgemeine Frage: "Wie demokratisch ist ein bestimmtes politisches System?" angemessen behandelt werden. Die rasch wachsende Zahl von verschiedenen Konzepten zur Demokratiemessung bedarf ihrerseits einer tieferen theoretischen und methodischen Reflexion: Welches Demokratieverständnis wird zugrunde gelegt; wie erfolgt die Operationalisierung und Messung; welches sind die empirischen Befunde und wie valide sind die Ergebnisse? Die Beiträge dieses Bandes möchten diese Fragen beantworten und präsentieren darüber hinaus eigene Vorschläge zu einer differenzierenden Weiterentwicklung der Demokratiemessung.

The Abolition of White Democracy

Author: Joel Olson
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816642786
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Racial discrimination embodies inequality, exclusion, and injustice and as such has no place in a democratic society. And yet racial matters pervade nearly every aspect of American life, influencing where we live, what schools we attend, the friends we make, the votes we cast, the opportunities we enjoy, and even the television shows we watch. Joel Olson contends that, given the history of slavery and segregation in the United States, American citizenship is a form of racial privilege in which whites are equal to each other but superior to everyone else. In Olson's analysis we see how the tension in this equation produces a passive form of democracy that discourages extensive participation in politics because it treats citizenship as an identity to possess rather than as a source of empowerment. Olson traces this tension and its disenfranchising effects from the colonial era to our own, demonstrating how, after the civil rights movement, whiteness has become less a form of standing and more a norm that cements while advantages in the ordinary operations of modern society. To break this pattern, Olson suggests an "abolitionist-democratic" political theory that makes the fight against racial discrimination a prerequisite for expanding democratic participation.

The State of Democracy

Author: David Beetham
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
ISBN: 9789041119308
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The State of Democracy: Democracy Assessments in Eight Nations Around the World is the robust and sensitive study of democratisation in eight very different countries at varying stages of democratisation - Bangladesh, El Salvador, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, New Zealand, Peru and South Korea. This unique comparative study first presents the findings of in-country teams of experts in the eight countries on the state of democracy in their own country; and concludes with an analysis and synthesis of their findings to suggest an overall general trajectory of the democratisation process. In doing so, the conclusions examine a variety of issues of significance to democracy, including for example the creation of electoral space, the formation of political parties, the political inclusion of minorities, mechanisms of accountability, and the reduction of corruption.The strength of The State of Democracy lies in the common use by the eight teams of the same democracy assessment framework developed under the auspices of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), Stockholm. This innovative assessment framework covers every aspect of democracy: citizen rights and the rule of law, representative and accountable government, civil society and popular participation, and the international dimensions of democracy. The expert teams used the same methodology to answer the same questions: how democratic are we? In what respects have we made progress? What are the major defects of our governing arrangements from a democratic point of view? How do we stand in comparison with our past and with other comparator countries?Thus their findings are both comprehensive and directly comparable. The State of Democracy contains summaries of each democracy assessment; presents detailed comparative data on key democratic indicators for the eight countries; and then concludes with an overall analysis. The eight studies were pilot schemes, funded and organised by International IDEA, to validate and test the democracy assessment framework, set out in the companion volume, The International IDEA Handbook on Democracy Assessment, also published by Kluwer Law International. Some studies are also being published separately in their country of origin as promotional tools for democratic reform. International IDEA is continuing to cumulate these comparative studies and analysis of democratic trends around the world, see State of Democracy: Democracy Assessments in Eight Nations Around the World comprises: an introduction explaining the methodology being used; summary findings in systematic form for each of the eight countries; comparative tables covering a range of democratic features in both qualitative and quantitative aspects; a conclusion drawing out the implications of the country findings for the future of democratisation generally. The book will be of value to all those interested in the progress of democracy, whether as academics, practitioners or citizens, and in finding effective ways to assess it.

Building Democracy

Author: Christine Loh
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
ISBN: 9789622096677
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Building Democracy offers an analysis of Hong Kong's current political situation within the larger context of its political history and its relationship to Beijing. The 12 chapters explore all the topics that are essential to building a healthy and vigorous democracy, such as: the role of political parties, democratic reform and business, accountability and open government, the media, the basic law, legislative-executive relations, the role of the civil service; development of constitutional conventions; and women in politics. Specific subjects covered include the Principal Officials Accountability System (POAS), Article 23 legislation and the Government response to the 2003 outbreak of Severe Atypical Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A postscript discusses the July 1st March and the meetings outside the Legislative Council.