Models of Democracy

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Polity, 2006 - Political Science - 338 pages
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The first two editions of Models of Democracy have proven immensely popular among students and specialists worldwide. In a succinct and far-reaching analysis, David Held provides an introduction to central accounts of democracy from classical Greece to the present and a critical discussion of what democracy should mean today. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to take account of significant transformations in world politics, and a new chapter has been added on deliberative democracy which focuses not only on how citizen participation can be increased in politics, but also on how that participation can become more informed. Like its predecessor, the third edition of Models of Democracy combines lucid exposition and clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it highly attractive to students and experts in the field. The third edition will prove essential reading for all those interested in politics, political theory and political philosophy.
 

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Contents

Athens
11
Liberty SelfGovernment and the Active Citizen
29
For and Against the State
56
Direct Democracy and the End of Politics
96
Competitive Elitism and the Technocratic Vision
125
Pluralism Corporate Capitalism and the State
158
The Polarization of Political Ideals
185
Democracy after Soviet Communism
217
Deliberative Democracy and the Defence of the Public Realm
231
Democratic Autonomy
259
Democracy the NationState and the Global System
290
Bibliography
313
Index
328
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David Held is Lecturer in Politics, University of York.

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