Democracy: Government of the People or Government of the Politicians? (Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series)

Democracy: Government of the People or Government of the Politicians? (Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series)

By: Jose Nun (author)Hardback

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In this accessible and engaging book, Jose Nun provides a comprehensive analysis of the theory and practice of democracy from ancient Greece to contemporary Latin America. The author's authoritative historical and comparative discussion of democracy is combined with his own evaluation of the conditions and possibilities for the development of genuinely democratic societies in our time throughout the world. All readers will benefit from Nun's insightful distinction between two visions of democracy-government of the people or government of the politicians-and their profound consequences.

About Author

One of Latin America's most noted scholars, Jose Nun is senior researcher at the National Council of Technical and Scientific Investigation (CONICET) and director of the Institute of Advanced Social Sciences, the National University of General San Martin, Buenos Aires.


Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Family Resemblances Part 4 Athens and Sparta Part 5 Schumpeter and the Politicians Part 6 The Pluralist Theories Part 7 The Declaration of 1948 Part 8 Capitalism and Democracy: A First Approach Part 9 The Keynesian Alchemy Part 10 Marshall and the Citizens Part 11 From Schumpeter to Marshall Part 12 The Experience in the Developed Capitalist Countries Part 13 European Transitions to Democracy Part 14 Capitalism and Democracy: A Second Approach Part 15 Legitimacy, Moral Autonomy, and Preferences Part 16 From the Thirty Glorious Years to the Great Recession Part 17 Welfare States in Transition Part 18 The Problem of Social Exclusion Part 19 The Latin American Case Part 20 An Unhappy Balance Part 21 An Idea and Its Concrete Manifestations Part 22 Conditional Democracy Part 23 Deceiving Resemblances Part 24 Epilogue

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742520394
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780742520394
  • weight: 358
  • ISBN10: 0742520390

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