Direct Action and Democracy Today
January 2005, Polity
The book begins by looking at non-violent direct action in
historical context, tracing its evolution from the end of the
Second World War to the present day. It examines the association
between direct action and the social movements of recent decades
and charts its role in the new global movement against neo-liberal
economic policies. The second part of the book relates direct
action to political theory to ascertain how it fits with theories
of liberal, republican and deliberative democracy. It goes on to
consider socialist and cosmopolitan approaches to democracy and
popular resistance and concludes by looking at the implications of
protest politics for current democratic thinking and contemporary
This book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of international politics and political theory.
Chapter One Direct Action: Past and Present.
Part One Liberal States, Global Neoliberalism and Issues of Power.
Chapter Two Violence, Nonviolence and Power: Is Liberal Democracy Nonviolent?.
Chapter Three Democratic Deficit, Civil Society and Social Movements: the Role for Direct Action.
Chapter Four Economic Globalization and Democratic Deficit: The Role of Global Resistance.
Part Two Democratic Theory and the Role of Direct Action.
Chapter Five Liberal Democratic Theory, Direct Action and Globalization.
Chapter Six Participatory Democracy and Direct Action: Republicanism, Deliberative Democracy and Critiques.
Chapter Seven Socialism, Cosmopolitanism and Direct Democracy.
Chapter Eight Democratic Arguments for Direct Action
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