Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy
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This highly acclaimed and popular academic text is now available in a new edition, having been revised and updated to cover the analyses of the use, abuse and ambiguity of many essential concepts used in political discourse and political studies. These include basic concepts such as liberty, democracy, rights, representation, authority and political power.
New to this edition are three sections of great topical interest:
- entirely original analysis of global terrorism, which puts the recent developments of Islamic terrorism into perspective by comparing it with earlier examples of terrorist tactics by a variety of state agencies, revolutionary groups and minority nationalist movements
- extended discussion on multiculturalism, which supplements theoretical arguments with succinct summaries of the differing ways in which ethnic and cultural minorities have been dealt with in Canada, Britain, France and the Netherlands
- section on democratization that focuses on the problems, social and political and even theological, involved in turning authoritarian regimes into stable democracies in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy is a stimulating guide to current world problems as well as essential reading for foundation courses at first or second year level such as elements of politics, political concepts and ideas and fundamentals in politics.
to bourgeois dominance over government turned out to be a long and intricate process, so prolonged that the interests and demands of the workers were having a significant political impact before the process was completed. Most historians would also say that, as the activities of the state increased and the institutions of government became democratized, the politicians and bureaucrats came increasingly to wield power in their own right, having a good deal of room for manoeuvre and not obviously
rewarding literature on each of the ideologies. For this reason, it is not felt necessary to include specific discussions of these concepts in this book, though a partial exception has to be made for Marxism. The reason for this partial exception is that an acceptance of Marxist or neo- Marxist assumptions by political scientists affects the way they analyse political activity in a very special fashion. Whereas liberals, conservatives and social democrats may well share similar or identical
about them. One preliminary question is whether the concept is a purely political one or whether it is a concept in more general use that has a political application. The concepts of nationalism and corporatism are examples of concepts that are only used in a political context and have no non-political meanings. On the other hand, power and representation are concepts that have non-political as well as political applications. We talk of powerful motors, powerful waves and powerful personalities
view seems preferable to Huntington’s, there remain the problem of how to understand and deal with al-Qaeda and the possible problem posed by the existence of large Muslim minorities in western Europe. The peculiarity of al-Qaeda terrorist groups is that it rarely has any concrete objective or policy demands. The Madrid bombing was exceptional among al-Qaeda attacks because it did have a demand, that Spain withdraw its troops from Iraq, and that demand was satisfied. It fitted my definition of
workers would seize control of the government and use their newly acquired political power to transform the economic system from capitalism to socialism. The problem for contemporary Marxists is that this prediction has not been validated by events. The workers have seized power only in the relatively backward societies of Russia, China and Cuba, while the more advanced capitalist societies have grown more and more prosperous and less and less class divided. An early attempt to explain this