Democracy beyond the State?: The European Dilemma and the Emerging Global Order

Democracy beyond the State?: The European Dilemma and the Emerging Global Order

by Michael Th. Greven, Louis W. Pauly
     
 

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Political authority in today's leading democracies rests on generally shared perceptions by a given people that their government is responsible to them and considers each individual citizen equal under the law. Yet since the dawn of the industrial age, democratic governments have presided over economies that function on the basis of an unequal distribution of real

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Political authority in today's leading democracies rests on generally shared perceptions by a given people that their government is responsible to them and considers each individual citizen equal under the law. Yet since the dawn of the industrial age, democratic governments have presided over economies that function on the basis of an unequal distribution of real resources. As globalization opens these economies, the gap between legal, ideal and economic reality widens and boundaries separating 'the people' of different democracies erode. This thought-provoking book explores the consequent challenge posed for the inherent legitimacy of democratic systems. When distinctive bonds between political power and social obligation break down, that erosion creates Odemocratic deficits.O Pressures build to reconstitute political authority beyond the state, and governance-in-practice grows ever more distant from democracy-in-principle. Nowhere is the deepening dilemma more evident than in the European Union. This book examines the contemporary breakdown and transformation of the democratic welfare state in Europe and draws fascinating contrasts with North America. In a cohesive and insightful collection of essays, a group of distinguished political scientists debates the implications of these trends both for theory and for policy.

Editorial Reviews

International Affairs
This is a highly recommended book for those who are familiar with the arguments and for those who want to be informed about them.
Fritz W. Scharpf
A most informative and thought-provoking transatlantic volume on the future of democratic legitimacy above and beyond the nation state. Competing viewpoints are well represented, and all contributions face up to the severity of the challenges. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847699018
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/22/2000
Series:
Governance in Europe Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Th. Greven is professor of political science at the Institut fYr Politische Wissenschaft at the University of Hamburg. Louis W. Pauly is professor in the department of political science and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto.

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