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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Democratic Theory through an Agonistic Lens

Marie Paxton

strengths and weaknesses of political practices in responding to such problems, “will produce theories that are both normatively robust and sufficiently fine-grained to frame democratic problems, possibilities, and deficits in complex polities.” By

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Amit Ron

conventional meaning of the term, which corresponds to the manner in which political space is organized in our Westphalian order. Yet the normative strength of this understanding of the demos depends on the extent to which the systemic point of view indeed