Democracy in Capitalist Times: Ideals, Limits, and Struggles

Democracy in Capitalist Times: Ideals, Limits, and Struggles

by John Dryzek
     
 

Democracy is under threat from a variety of forces originating in the transnational capitalist economy. Structural economic pressures force states to act in certain ways, regardless of what their populations want or think. In Democracy in Capitalist Times, John S. Dryzek discusses the challenges transnational capitalism presents for democracy and the most promising

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Democracy is under threat from a variety of forces originating in the transnational capitalist economy. Structural economic pressures force states to act in certain ways, regardless of what their populations want or think. In Democracy in Capitalist Times, John S. Dryzek discusses the challenges transnational capitalism presents for democracy and the most promising places where democracy can find new and growing support. Dryzek links contemporary political theory and comparative politics to explore the contradictions between capitalism and democracy. While ideological forces limit the range of political debate, government and market together promote aggressive individualism, under which people compete as consumers and profit maximizers rather than associate as citizens. Dryzek outlines these forces, considers how democracy might be defended against them, and explores the prospects for deepening democracy in the face of these threats. He argues that while state democracy has significantly diminished, democracy in different places, notably civil society, social movements, workplaces, and transnational politics, is on the rise, and it is in these places that democrats should concentrate their efforts. Dryzek further explains that the health of democratic politics in these alternative locations crucially depends on how states organize patterns of interest representation, among which social democratic corporatism proves to be most conducive to democracy.

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Argues that even without competition from self-proclaimed socialist systems, the political/economic model that combines liberal democracy with capitalism is at the very least unstable, and probably unsustainable. Draws from a wide range of examples to show why and how capitalist forces limit the possibilities of democracy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195105995
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/15/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

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