Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda

Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda

by Douglas Chalmers

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Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda by Douglas Chalmers

Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutions—elections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their relations with chief executives—to do so.

Expanding a traditional vision of the institutions of representative democracy, Douglas A. Chalmers examines six aspects of political practice relating to the people being represented, the structure of those who make law and policy, and the links between those structures and the people. Chalmers concludes with a discussion of where successful reform needs to take place: we must pay attention to a democratic ordering of the constant reconfiguration of decision making patterns; we must recognize the crucial role of information in deliberation; and we must incorporate noncitizens and foreigners into the political system, even when they are not the principal beneficiaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231162944
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Series: Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Douglas A. Chalmers has written articles and books on German and Latin American politics and is coeditor of The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation. The former chair of the Department of Political Science and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, he now teaches in Columbia's Core Curriculum and leads organizations devoted to making retirement the new phase of faculty professional life.

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