Democratic Theory Today: Challenges for the 21st Century
February 2002, Polity
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.
Democratic Theory Today: An Introduction April Carter and Geoffrey 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 Elizabeth Frazer.
Chapter 4: Democracy and Group Rights John Kane.
Chapter 5: Democracy and Nationalism Margaret Canovan.
Chapter 6: Democracy and Indigneous Self-determination Michele 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 Anthony McGrew.
Geoffrey Stokes is Professor of Politics at Deakin University
- Provides a comprehensive and clear summary of all the major issues in democratic theory
- Includes contributions from academics around the world giving perspectives from the UK, North America and Australia
- Addresses issues that are not often approached in books on democratic theory for example indigenous peoples
Ian Shapiro, Yale University
"The nearly one dozen essaysin this volume traverse the field in useful provocative ways. They not only help place the field in clearer focus, but make constructive contributions to ongoing debates...For the unintiated it will serve as a nice introduction to current debates. For scholars in the field it will serve as a useful map of where democratic theory now stands" James Johnson, University of Rochester