Democracies derive their resilience and energy from the truth that the guideline of a selected majority is mostly merely of a brief nature. by way of 4 case-studies, The Awkward Embrace reviews democracies of a distinct style; rule by means of a dominant social gathering that is almost immune from defeat. Such platforms were referred to as Regnant or or unusual Democracies. they're characterised via designated gains: the staging of unfree or corrupt elections; the blurring of the strains among executive, the ruling social gathering and the country; the creation of a countrywide undertaking that is obvious to be above politics; and the erosion of civil society.
This ebook addresses significant matters similar to why one such democracy, particularly Taiwan, has been relocating towards a extra aggressive procedure; how monetary crises similar to the current one in Mexico can remodel the approach; how government-business kin in Malaysia are affecting the bottom of the dominant social gathering; and no matter if South Africa turns into a one-party dominant method.
In this groundbreaking new paintings, Matthew Mancini tells the outstanding tale of Alexis de Tocqueville's reception in American concept and tradition from the time of his 1831 stopover at to the USA to the flip of the twenty-first century. the writer uncovers an old checklist that's replete with unmistakable proof of Tocqueville's carrying on with significance to American intellectuals during the post-Civil warfare interval of his intended oblivion, and in addition of his attractiveness being exaggerated by means of contemporary historians concerning the post-World struggle II many years.
Through entire research of Tocqueville's released works, Mancini seriously examines the ways that Tocqueville's rules were acquired and, now and then, misunderstood. Mancini demanding situations virtually each component of the typical knowing of Tocqueville's reception into American highbrow tradition whereas improving and re-examining many vital intellectuals of the final a hundred and fifty years. In doing so, Mancini inscribes an incredible bankruptcy in American cultural historical past, specifically the belief of Tocqueville himself.
By Shirin M. Rai, Rachel Johnson
By Paul A. Rahe
First released in 1992 and now on hand in paperback in 3 volumes, Paul Rahe's bold and provocative e-book bridges the space among political concept, comparative heritage and govt, and constitutional prudence. Rahe demanding situations triumphing interpretations of old Greek republicanism, early smooth political notion, and the founding of the yank republic. '[An] awesome publication. . . . it's a nice success and should remain as a landmark.'--The Spectator (London) 'This is the 1st, entire research of republicanism, old and sleek, written for our time.'--Harvey Mansfield, Harvard college 'A attractive feat of scholarship, offered with unusual grace and ease--the kind of enormous, vital booklet that comes alongside a couple of times in a new release. In an age of slender experts, it levels in the course of the centuries from classical Greece to the hot American Republic, unfolding a coherent new interpretation of the increase of recent republicanism. . . . World-class, and likely to have a rather notable impact.'--Lance Banning, college of Kentucky quantity I: The Ancien Regime in Classical Greece the place social scientists and lots of historical historians are inclined to stick with Max Weber or Karl Marx in announcing the centrality of prestige or category, Rahe's depiction of the intolerant, martial republics of classical Hellas vindicates Aristotle's insistence at the determinative impression of the political regime and brings again to existence a global within which advantage is pursued as an finish, politics is given primacy, and socioeconomic issues are subordinated to grand political ambition. quantity II: New Modes and Orders in Early smooth Political concept the place many highbrow historians determine a revival of the classical spirit within the political hypothesis of the age stretching from Machiavelli to Adam Smith, Rahe brings to mild a self-conscious repudiation of the speculation and perform of historical self-government and a bent to limit the scope of politics, to put larger reliance on associations than on virtuous restraint, and to provide unfastened rein to the human's capacities as a tool-making animal. quantity III: innovations of Prudence: Constituting the yank Regime the place scholars of the yank founding are likely to dispute even if the Revolution was once liberal, republican, or simply harassed, Rahe demonstrates that the yank regime embodies an uneasy, fragile, and punctiliously worked-out compromise among the enlightened despotism espoused through Thomas Hobbes and the classical republicanism defended by means of Pericles and Demosthenes.
By Brook Manville, Josiah Ober
By Robert Paul Wolff
An research of the principles of the authority of the country and the issues of political authority and ethical autonomy in a democracy.
By Linda Chelan Li
This publication explores the belief of in charge executive in East Asia, arguing that many fresh governance crises have resulted from accountability mess ups on an enormous scale. It distinguishes among responsibility, which it argues has been overemphasised lately, and accountability, which it argues is going past responsibility, real accountable executive related to the actor in feeling accountable for and taking accountability for their actions. It indicates how traditionally the idea that of accountability is extra embedded in political discussions in Asia, while the thoughts of democracy and responsibility are extra embedded within the highbrow traditions of Europe, yet that the demanding situations of revolution and post-revolution, decolonization and post-colonization and neo-liberal globalization have advanced matters. Drawing on a variety of case experiences from East Asia, and touching on the options mentioned to political thought, ethics and social psychology, the booklet indicates how actors in executive and society have interaction to planned, produce or distract from the perform and belief of “responsible government”, and indicates how the concept that of “responsible government”, greater outlined, will be inspired to supply larger governance.
The size, effectiveness and legitimacy of world governance lag some distance at the back of the world's wishes. This path-breaking e-book examines how a long way civil society involvement presents a solution to those difficulties. Does civil society make worldwide governance extra democratic? Have citizen motion teams raised the responsibility of world our bodies that care for demanding situations similar to weather swap, monetary crises, clash, illness and inequality? What conditions have promoted (or blocked) civil society efforts to make international governance associations extra democratically liable? What may enhance those results sooner or later? The authors base their argument on stories of 13 worldwide associations, together with the UN, G8, WTO, ICANN and IMF. experts from worldwide severely investigate what has and has now not labored in efforts to make worldwide our bodies solution to publics in addition to states. Combining highbrow intensity and political relevance, construction international Democracy? will entice scholars, researchers, activists and policymakers.
By Walter Berns
For greater than part a century, Walter Berns has been a number one authority at the structure. This quantity collects lots of his most crucial essays on undying constitutional and political questions.