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Deliberative Democracy

Taking Stock and Looking Ahead - Selen A. Ercan with André Bächtiger

Selen A. Ercan and André Bächtiger

Ercan: How do you define democracy? Bächtiger: Let me give you a brief background and history before I answer the question. For quite some time, there was a standard way of defining democracy in political science: a minimal and aggregative

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Staging Democracy

The Aganaktismenoi of Greece and the Squares Movement(s)

George Sotiropoulos

confrontation between two different conceptions of democracy: a “formal-representative” conception, found wanting, and a “substantial-participatory” conception, posited as remedy. This confrontation is hardly new, since it can be found in one way or another in

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John Keane

Why History? Reports of the coming death of democracy may be greatly exaggerated, but most thinkers of democracy are well aware of the mounting global evidence that bright hopes for its future are currently fading. Observers are pinning the

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Common Democracy

Political Representation beyond Representative Democracy

Alexandros Kioupkiolis

The paradox of a deep malaise of liberal democracy at the time of its globalization has been a leitmotif of much political thinking since the late 1990s (see, e.g., Crouch 2004 ; Stoker 2006 ). Representation, “the foundational idea of modern

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Times of Democracy

The Unavoidable Democracy of Mid-Nineteenth-Century Denmark

Anne Engelst Nørgaard

's flag and victory is already won in the sense that everywhere, this spirit is sensed as a force that both claims victory and has the means to triumph. This mighty spirit is the spirit of Democracy.” — Folket , 6 November 1848 During the revolutions

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The Limits of Liberal Democracy

Prospects for Democratizing Democracy

Viviana Asara

This critical commentary discusses Stephan Lessenich's recent contribution to the 2019 German book, What's Wrong with Democracy? A Debate with Klaus Dörre, Nancy Fraser, Stephan Lessenich and Hartmut Rosa, edited by H. Ketterer and K. Becker

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Ali Aslam, David McIvor, and Joel Alden Schlosser

democracy in recent years (e.g., Bartels 2015 ; Brown 2015 ; Connolly 2018 ; Gilens and Page 2014 ; Levitsky and Ziblatt 2018 ; Mounk 2018 ; Runciman 2018 ; Snyder 2018 ; Wolin 2008 ), especially in the face of illiberal trends and authoritarian

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Anastasia Deligiaouri and Jane Suiter

Setting the Ground of the Inquiry New models of democracy, new approaches, taxonomies, and interpretations, even new loci and modes are constantly evolving as political theorists and policy makers seek to respond effectively to the complex

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Samuel Moyn and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Jean-Paul Gagnon: How do you define democracy? Samuel Moyn: You are starting with an almost impossible question! The kind of experiential approach I support to the history of democracy would have to start with the plurality of understandings

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Democracy in a Global Emergency

Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Afsoun Afsahi, Emily Beausoleil, Rikki Dean, Selen A. Ercan, and Jean-Paul Gagnon

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented challenge for contemporary democracies around the globe. It has led to the closure and transformation of parliaments and enabled governments to rule by decree. It has curtailed citizens’ fundamental