Post-Democracy / Edition 1

Post-Democracy / Edition 1

by Colin Crouch
     
 

Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise.

Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global

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Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise.

Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics.

This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745633152
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/23/2004
Series:
Themes for the 21st Century Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,183,560
Product dimensions:
0.33(w) x 5.25(h) x 8.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Why Post-Democracy?.

2. The Global Firm: The Key Institution of the Post-DemocraticWorld.

3. Social Class in Post-Democracy.

4. The Political Party under Post-Democracy.

5. Post-Democracy and the Commercialization of Citizenship.

6. Conclusions: Where Do We Go From Here?.

References.

Index.

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