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Post Democracy (Themes for the 21st Century)

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Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise.

Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics.

This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics.

Synopsis:

Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise.

Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics.

This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics.

Synopsis:

Colin Crouch is Chairman of the Department of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute.

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Why Post-Democracy?.

2. The Global Firm: The Key Institution of the Post-Democratic World.

3. Social Class in Post-Democracy.

4. The Political Party under Post-Democracy.

5. Post-Democracy and the Commercialization of Citizenship.

6. Conclusions: Where Do We Go From Here?.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745633152
Author:
Crouch, Colin
Publisher:
Polity Press
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Elite
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
General & Introductory Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Themes for the 21st Century Series
Series Volume:
no. 2002-2540
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.46x5.34x.47 in. .39 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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Product details 144 pages Polity Press - English 9780745633152 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise.

Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics.

This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics.

"Synopsis" by , Colin Crouch is Chairman of the Department of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute.
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