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The Future of Representative Democracy

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Sonia Alonso, John Keane, Wolfgang Merkel, Nadia Urbinati, Klaus von Beyme, Michael Saward, Bernhard Wessels, David Beetham, Drude Dahlerup, Philippe C. Schmitter, Robyn Eckersley, Michael Zürn, Gregor Walter-Drop
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003569

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  • The Future of Representative Democracy poses important questions about representation, representative democracy and its future. Inspired by the last major investigation of the subject by Hanna Pitkin over four decades ago, this ambitious volume fills a major gap in the literature by examining the future of representative forms of democracy in terms of present-day trends and past theories of representative democracy. Aware of the pressing need for clarifying key concepts and institutional trends, the volume aims to break down barriers among disciplines and to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars. The contributors emphasise that representative democracy and its future is a subject of pressing scholarly concern and public importance. Paying close attention to the unfinished, two-century-old relationship between democracy and representation, this book offers a fresh perspective on current problems and dilemmas of representative democracy and the possible future development of new forms of democratic representation.

    • Identifies different forms and modes of representative democracy
    • Proposes innovations for the future of democratic representation
    • An interdisciplinary approach provides readers with a wider scope
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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003569
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: rethinking the future of representative democracy Sonia Alonso, John Keane and Wolfgang Merkel
    1. Representative democracy and its critics Nadia Urbinati
    2. Representative democracy and the populist temptation Klaus von Beyme
    3. The wider canvas: representation and democracy in state and society Michael Saward
    4. Performance and deficits of present-day representation Bernhard Wessels
    5. Do parliaments have a future? David Beetham
    6. Engendering representative democracy Drude Dahlerup
    7. Representative democracy and the multinational demos Sonia Alonso
    8. Diagnosing and designing democracy in Europe Philippe C. Schmitter
    9. Monitory democracy? John Keane
    10. Representing nature Robyn Eckersley
    11. Democracy and representation beyond the nation state Michael Zürn and Gregor Walter-Drop.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Architecture and Democracy
    • Democratic Theory
  • Editors

    Sonia Alonso, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
    Sonia Alonso is Senior Fellow at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB).

    John Keane, University of Sydney
    John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and Research Professor at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB).

    Wolfgang Merkel, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
    Wolfgang Merkel is Director of the research unit 'Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges' at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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    Sonia Alonso, John Keane, Wolfgang Merkel, Nadia Urbinati, Klaus von Beyme, Michael Saward, Bernhard Wessels, David Beetham, Drude Dahlerup, Philippe C. Schmitter, Robyn Eckersley, Michael Zürn, Gregor Walter-Drop

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