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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, liberal democracy appears as the only valid form of democracy. Nonetheless, the well-established parliamentary regimes are facing serious threats to both their liberal and their democratic values. Among these threats are economic globalization and the growing assertion of cultural difference and nationalism.

This book examines some key theoretical and practical problems for democracy today, such as the nature of citizenship and forms of inequality and exclusion based on poverty, gender and ethnic or cultural difference. It also explores the challenges posed by nationalism and by claims for group rights and indigenous autonomy.

The authors discuss recent theoretical responses to the problems of political apathy and inequality, as well as globalization and identity politics. These various approaches accept the basic institutions of liberal democracy but look for ways of revitalizing political debate and participation, promoting greater equality and responding to the erosion of national sovereignty by global forces.

Democratic Theory Today will provide a lively and accessible guide for students of political science, political theory and political philosophy. It will also be of interest to those engaged in current debates about democracy.


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Editorial Reviews

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'Carter and Stokes are to be congratulated for putting together ahighly accessible collection of essays that illuminate and advancedebates at the cutting edge of democratic theory.'

Ian Shapiro, Yale University

"The nearly one dozen essaysin this volume traverse the field inuseful provocative ways. They not only help place the field inclearer focus, but make constructive contributions to ongoingdebates...For the unintiated it will serve as a nice introductionto current debates. For scholars in the field it will serve as auseful map of where democratic theory now stands" James Johnson,University of Rochester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621944
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

April Carter is Adjunct Associate Professor, Department ofGovernment, University of Queensland

Geoffrey Stokes is Professor of Politics at DeakinUniversity

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Table of Contents



Democratic Theory Today: An Introduction April Carter andGeoffrey Stokes.

Part I: Challenges to Democracy.

Chapter 1: Democracy and Citizenship Geoffrey Stokes.

Chapter 2: Democracy and Inequality Harry Brighouse.

Chapter 3: Democracy, Citizenship and Gender ElizabethFrazer.

Chapter 4: Democracy and Group Rights John Kane.

Chapter 5: Democracy and Nationalism MargaretCanovan.

Chapter 6: Democracy and Indigneous Self-determinationMichele Ivanitz.

Part II: Theoretical Responses.

Chapter 7: Deliberative Democracy Mark Warren.

Chapter 8: Civil Society and Democracy Baogang He.

Chapter 9: Associative Democracy April Carter.

Chapter 10: Social Democracy Raymond Plant.

Chapter 11: Transnational Democracy AnthonyMcGrew.


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