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Demos and Nation

Misplacing the Dilemmas of the European Union--In Memory of Stanley Hoffmann

Charles S. Maier

federalism that the EU can provide and the virtually existential fulfillment that the nation-state offers. Their reasons, as this essay will explain, vary: Some claim a “democratic deficit” at the European level, although this institutional failing might be

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Britain, Brexit and Euroscepticism

Anthropological Perspectives on Angry Politics, Technopopulism and the UK Referendum

Cris Shore

onslaught of right-wing populist nationalists. Yet as many EU analysts have argued, decisions in the EU continue to be made ‘by an elitist and technocratic organisation with a democratic deficit that binds elected governments across the continent’ ( Frost

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The Arts as a Vocation

National Cultural Policymaking in a Time of Uncertain Everything

Julian Meyrick


This article is a revised version of the 2022 Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture. It offers insights for the GLAM sector into the history of Australian national cultural policy (NCP), now in a new phase with the delivery of Revive in January 2023. It draws on the author's experience as a theatre director, a researcher into evaluation methods, and a policy activist to reflect on the challenges facing cultural policies at the current time. If arts organizations confront tough questions about diversity and inclusion, what happened to the economic ones of market efficiency and value-add that seemed all-consuming just a few years ago? The article utilizes Max Weber's conception of “a vocation” to reconsider the aims and purpose of an NCP. As the world contends with problems of entrenched inequality, catastrophic climate change, and democratic deficit, how can cultural policies, as distinct from other kinds, address these? Should they even try?

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Laurence Piper

That democracy has won is common cause. The vast majority of states of the world today are termed ‘democratic’, a fact that stands in some contrast to the global order just some fifty years ago. Even more importantly, there is no competing alternative model of political rule, other than perhaps forms of radical Islam. Yet at the very moment of its triumph, democracy finds itself in trouble. Recent survey evidence from the United States suggests both political disengagement and a growing cynicism towards parties and elites, and similar trends are evident in Europe. Moreover, democracy faces substantial problems in the developing world, whether a tangible fragility among newly democratic states in Africa, or serious discontent at the responsiveness of government in many middle-income countries. Hence, at the very moment of hegemony we have increasing talk of democratic deficit.

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Reconceptualizing Democratic Innovation

“Democratic Innovation Repertoires” and their Impact Within and Beyond Social Movements

Cristina Flesher Fominaya

democracy and focus on specific substantive issues central to their vision of democratic ideals. It is precisely this lack of being beholden to classical models and the focus on solving specific problems and democratic deficits that potentially enables the

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Contending with school reform

Neoliberal restructuring, racial politics, and resistance in post-Katrina New Orleans

Mathilde Lind Gustavussen

itself, a project whose lack of popular legitimacy stems from a combination of the democratic deficits inherent in neoliberalization and, as I will show, the racialized emphasis on dispossession that has characterized post-Katrina rebuilding. The

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It Was Not Meant to Be This Way

An Unfortunate Case of Anglo-Saxon Parochialism?

Tom Frost

). Decisions were being made by an increasingly technocratic organisation with a democratic deficit that bound elected governments across the continent ( Follesdal and Hix 2006 ). Such is this democratic deficit that it has led to former Soviet dissidents

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Why History Matters for Democracy

John Keane

roots of the present-day disillusionment with the ideals and substance of democracy. Pippa Norris, who until recently saw only “trendless fluctuations” and “democratic deficits” ( 2011: 3ff ), was among several reviewers who claimed its tone was

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How Our Collective Representations Affect the Future of the European Union

Jan Berting

neglected to develop the democratic quality of the EU. This did lead to the important complaint of the so-called democratic deficit of the EU. We could observe that the major efforts of the political leaders were directed at the enlargement of the European

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Protest and the Democratic Order

A Research Perspective

Danniel Gobbi, Laura Gorriahn, Daniel Staemmler, and Christian Volk

Power? Emerging Narratives of Transnational Protest .” Journal of International Political Theory 15 ( 1 ): 2 – 10 . Norris , Pippa . 2011 . Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited . New York