At the beginning of the twenty--first century, liberal democracy appears as the only valid form of democracy. Nonetheless, the well--established parliamentary regimes are facing serious threats to both their liberal and their democratic values. Among these threats are economic globalization and the growing assertion of cultural difference and nationalism. This book examines some key theoretical and practical problems for democracy today, such as the nature of citizenship and forms of inequality and exclusion based on poverty, gender and ethnic or cultural difference. It also explores the challenges posed by nationalism and by claims for group rights and indigenous autonomy. The authors discuss recent theoretical responses to the problems of political apathy and inequality, as well as globalization and identity politics. These various approaches accept the basic institutions of liberal democracy but look for ways of revitalizing political debate and participation, promoting greater equality and responding to the erosion of national sovereignty by global forces.
Democratic Theory Today will provide a lively and accessible guide for students of political science, political theory and political philosophy. It will also be of interest to those engaged in current debates about democracy. .
April Carter is Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Queensland Geoffrey Stokes is Professor of Politics at Deakin University
Acknowledgements. Contributors. Democratic Theory Today: An Introduction April Carter and Geoffrey Stokes. Part I: Challenges to Democracy. Chapter 1: Democracy and Citizenship Geoffrey Stokes. Chapter 2: Democracy and Inequality Harry Brighouse. Chapter 3: Democracy, Citizenship and Gender Elizabeth Frazer. Chapter 4: Democracy and Group Rights John Kane. Chapter 5: Democracy and Nationalism Margaret Canovan. Chapter 6: Democracy and Indigneous Self--determination Michele Ivanitz. Part II: Theoretical Responses. Chapter 7: Deliberative Democracy Mark Warren. Chapter 8: Civil Society and Democracy Baogang He. Chapter 9: Associative Democracy April Carter. Chapter 10: Social Democracy Raymond Plant. Chapter 11: Transnational Democracy Anthony McGrew. Index