Democracy

Pages: 192
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations

Democracy

A Beginner's Guide

David Beetham

Writing for the activist, the student, and the simply curious, David Beetham provides a shrewd exploration of democracy in today's world and asks: is it still worth fighting for?

The Book

As the U.S. strives to establish democracy in Iraq and contemplates its own democratic system in the wake of a series of controversial presidential elections, David Beetham offers new insights into democracy. He looks at real examples such as the role of the citizen and how large corporations affect democracy as well as contemplating the future of democracy in the developed and developing worlds.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations

 

About the Author

David Beetham is Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Leeds, a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, and Associate Director of the UK Democratic Audit. He is the author and editor of numerous books and papers, including Political Power and Democratic Control in Britain (with Stuart Weir, 1999). He has travelled internationally in his capacity as consultant on democracy assessment, and is a leading contributor to the field of human rights.

Reviews

"Much more than an excellent introduction to 'democracy'. An informative, engaging, and inspiring book that goes beyond what one would expect in a 'beginner's' guide, without making itself inaccessible."

- Political Studies

Table of Contents

One


Introduction: What is Democracy?


Two


Democratic Ideas at Work in Practice


Citizen rights


Institutions of representative and accountable government


The associational life of civil society


Three


Sources of Disillusion in the ‘Old' Democracies


Decline in government autonomy


Decline in government capacity


Declining credibility


Four


Success and Setback in the New and Emergent Democracies


Legacies of transition


Problems of consolidating and deepening democracy


State


Nation


Religion


Economy


Five


Globalising Democracy


Democracy promotion


Democratising global institutions


Democracy and the European Union


Six


Reviving Democracy: New Forms of Participation


Participation in government


Co-decision in devolved government


Deliberative opinion polls and citizens' juries


Referenda and citizens' initiatives


Digital democracy


Seven


Conclusion: Getting Active


Glossary of key terms


List of democracy and human rights organisations and websites