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Democracy's Edges : Contemporary Political Theory - Ian Shapiro

Democracy's Edges

Contemporary Political Theory

By: Ian Shapiro (Editor), Casiano Hacker-Cordon (Editor), Stephen Holmes (Editor), Jeffrey Isaac (Editor), John Keane (Editor)

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Democracy has been a flawed hegemon since the fall of communism. Its flexibility, its commitment to equality of representation, and its recognition of the legitimacy of opposition politics, are all positive features for political institutions. But democracy has many deficiencies: it is all too easily held hostage by powerful interests; it often fails to advance social justice; and it does not cope well with a number of features of the political landscape, such as political identities, boundary disputes, and environmental crises. Although democracy is valuable it fits uneasily with many other political values and is in many respects less than equal to the demands it confronts. In this volume (and its companion, Democracy's Value) some of the world's most prominent political theorists and social scientists present original discussions of these urgently vexing subjects. Democracy's Edges analyses an enduring problem: how to establish the boundaries of democratic polities democratically.

'In a world where the boundaries of nation-states are criss-crossed by vast movements of people, capital, cultures and ideas and increasingly contested from within and without, questions about the scope of democracy should be at the forefront of democratic theory. This volume will ensure that they are. The contributors are amongst the leading thinkers in the field and their papers address the nature and scope of democracy in fresh and insightful ways in light of current developments in world politics. Topical, timely and well-organized, this volume is a must for democratic theorists everywhere.' Duncan Ivison, University of Sydney 'This is an excellent collection by leading political theorists on the prospects for democracy given the challenges to the standard boundaries of democratic societies - the challenge to 'outer edges' by processes of globalisation and the challenge to 'inner edges' by processes of pluralisation ... I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the future of democracy.' James Tully, University of Victoria

List of contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Outer edges and inner edgesp. 1
Outer edgesp. 17
Can international organizations be democratic? A skeptic's viewp. 19
A comment on Dahl's skepticismp. 37
The democratic order, economic globalization, and ecological restrictions - on the relation of material and formal democracyp. 41
Democracy and collective badsp. 63
The transformation of political community: rethinking democracy in the context of globalizationp. 84
Citizenship in an era of globalization: commentary on Heldp. 112
A comment on Held's cosmopolitanismp. 127
Feminist social criticism and the international movement for women's rights as human rightsp. 134
Inner edgesp. 163
Democratic liberty and the tyrannies of placep. 165
Democracy and the politics of recognitionp. 193
Group aspirations and democratic politicsp. 210
American democracy and the New Christian Right: a critique of apolitical liberalismp. 222
Between liberalism and a hard placep. 265
Rationality, democracy, and leaky boundaries: vertical vs horizontal modularityp. 273
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780521643894
ISBN-10: 0521643899
Series: Contemporary Political Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 18th October 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.29  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.5