This title was first published in 2000: The essays gathered in this volume cover a wide range of theoretical and practical issues concerning a variety of problems which democracies confront time and again. Their aim is to look at challenges to democracy that evolve from within democracy. The discussion sets out to examine how democracies, in different times, dealt with attempts to undermine democratic processes and fundamental human rights. The design of the book is both interdisciplinary and comparative, offering historical, philosophical, legal, sociological, political and media perspectives of renowned scholars from the UK, Israel, the USA and Canada. They analyze how different societies try to cope with and find answers for attacks against them by political extremists, cultural chauvinists, terrorists, hate groups and other radical movements.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Historical perspectives: political assassination - a historian's perspective, Eli Barnavi-- freedom of speech - right or privilege? Jack Pole-- loyalty, treason and sedition in the United States during crisis times, Arnon Gutfeld. Part 2 Philosophical and sociological perspectives: tolerance and emotions, Aharon Ben-Ze'ev-- democracy and multiculturalism, Will Kymlicka and Raphael Cohen-Almagor-- challenges to Canadian liberal democracy, Warren Kinsella-- dominant political culture and political mutations in Israel, Moshe Lissak. Part 3 Legal perspectives: is there a case for constitutional dictatorship in Israel? Claude Klein-- freedom of expression and its limitations, Aharon Barak-- the control of civil disorder in Britain, Geoffrey Marshall-- reflections on administrative detention in Israel - a critique, Raphael Cohen-Almagor. Part 4 Political and media perspectives: causes and results of political assassination - on Rabin's legacy, Oded Balaban-- the Middle Eastern media coverage of Prime Minister Rabin's assassination, Saul Zadka-- the boundaries of liberty and tolerance in the Canadian north - media, ethics, and the emergence of the Inuit homeland of Nunavut, Valerie Alia.