2nd Edition

Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy

  • This version cannot be shipped to your selected country.
ISBN 9780415226059
Published October 12, 2000 by Routledge
272 Pages

USD $55.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The second edition of this highly successful and widely used textbook has been updated to take into account the considerable developments in the field since the last edition was published. New areas covered include:

* the Nation-state
* the internet
* the notion of governance
* nationalism

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Authority in the Modern State 2. Nationalism & the Nation-state 3. Political Authority & Legitimacy Part 2: The Democratic State & the Citizen 4. Democracy 5. Political Representation 6. Political Participation 7. Liberty & Freedom 8. Rights Part 3: Political Power 10. Pluralism 11. Elitism & Class Dominance 12. Corporatism Part 4: Styles of Political Analysis 13. Towards a Science of Politics 14. Against a Science of Politics

View More


Praise for the first edition:

`This book is the fruit of a lifetime's reflection on politics. Birch has unfailingly sensible things to say about the main theoretical issues that the discipline of political science has thrown up in recent decades. The book will form an admirably clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of politics.' - Professor Brian Barry, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

`This is an impressive book ... it is balanced in judgements, is rooted in careful examination of evidence and texts, and yet never loses sight of the largest issues.' - Professor Michael Moran, University of Manchester, UK