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Leif Lewin

intention. A related problem concerns the possibility of abuse. If intensity is accorded special weight, it will be tempting to exaggerate the strength of one’s preferences. After all, even if I do not care very much about the matter at stake, it is better

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Jeffrey D. Hilmer and Max Halupka

. Despite its conceptual strengths and original empirical insights, Participation in Europe has a difficulty in constructing a cohesive narrative to frame its snapshot-like approach. Though the concept of youth participation does serve as a central theme

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China’s New Silk Road

Autocracy Promotion in the New Asian Order?

Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou

systems and development paths of their own choice,” leading to an “objective and rational perception of other countries’ growing strength, policies and visions.” In other words, while all countries should participate in regional affairs, no country should

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Democracies in the Ethnosphere

An Anthropologist's Lived Experiences of Indigenous Democratic Cultures

Wade Davis and Jean-Paul Gagnon

accumulate material objects but there's a disincentive to do so: how do you measure wealth in such a society? Well, among the Penan, wealth is defined explicitly, consciously, as a strength of social relations between people, because if those relations fray

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Systematizing Democratic Systems Approaches

Seven Conceptual Building Blocks

Rikki Dean, Jonathan Rinne, and Brigitte Geissel

, Warren's discussion of the functional strengths of the individual practice of voting, and it becomes clear that voting only realizes its empowered inclusion and collective decision-making functions when it is practiced in concert with collective practices

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Dominik Austrup, Marion Repetti, Andreas Avgousti, Th. W. Bottelier, and Antonin Lacelle-Webster

closes his book by discussing some further indelible yet manageable shortcomings of liberal democracy (chap. 8). Despite the flaws he lists, Galston points out that the biggest strength of liberal democracy is its capacity to adapt to changing

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Marie Paxton and Uğur Aytaç

discusses the impact of limited status and resources on engagement, empowerment, and inclusion. Bateman's strength is his capacity to combine a discussion of normative ideals with an analysis of extant practices in order to expose weaknesses and propose

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The Will of the People?

Carl Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory

Samuel Salzborn

unresolvability of the problem of representing the will of the people, while also showing that this actually represents a strength of democracy so long as it does not veer into support for antidemocratic ideologies ( Pickel and Pickel 2006 ; Salzborn 2009

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Roberto Farneti

stark realities which have to be mediated in some way.” The question we should ask, then, is whether the description of a state of affairs like ethnic fragmentation is per se a clue to the condition and strength of democracy. The continuum between a

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Michael Saward

contested (such as democracy in or for places shared by Indigenous and settler communities). The assumed strengths of would-be acontextual perspectives can be questioned and the importance of cultural, linguistic, and historical context taken seriously