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The Democratic Challenge

Rethinking Democracy and Democratization

ISBN 9781137020017
Publication Date May 2009
Formats Ebook Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

This text provides a critical but systematic overview of democratic theory and practice in the contemporary world. The authors show that recent developments are more complex than admitted by proponents of the idea of a democratic world with, what they call, de-democratization of various forms running in parallel with democratization.

JORGE NEF is Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida, USA.
BERND REITER is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of South Florida, USA.

Democracy as an Idea and as a Process
Formal and Substantive Democracy
Myths and Misconceptions About Democracy
Popular Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the Limits of Liberal Democracy
Democracy and Insecurity
Poverty, Inequity and Democracy
Global Regimes, Governability and Democratization
Democracy, Authoritarianism and De-Democratization
Conclusion: The Crisis of Democracy Revisited.


A compelling analysis of the concept of democracy and of the challenges it faces in the contemporary era. The Democratic Challenge should thus prove of great interest both for those engaged in debates over democratic theory and those concerned with its fate in today's world.' - Douglas Kellner, UCLA and author of Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy
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