Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutionselections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their relations with chief executivesto 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.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Series:||Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures Series|
|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.