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
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
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