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Routledge Studies in Democratic Crisis

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We live in an age in which popular disaffection threatens to undermine the very foundations of democratic rule. From the rise of radical right-wing populism through to public cynicism towards politicians, institutions and processes of government are being buffeted by unprecedented change that raise questions about the viability of seemingly foundational practices. At the same time, the boundaries of the political as it relates to the social are shifting, leading to more demands for better democratic practices, and creating new opportunities for different groups to resist and change traditional institutions.

This book series provides a forum for the discussion of topics and themes related to democratic crisis in a wide range of substantive areas of research, which address political arenas, but also overlap with, or extend to, the social. We seek works that push forward debate and challenge taken-for-granted orthodoxies and privilege ambitious proposals that ask big questions and engage with a range of materials. Reflecting this, the series is intentionally pluralistic in its geographic, methodological and disciplinary scope. Empirical and comparative contributions are especially welcome.

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Anti-politics in Contemporary Italy

Anti-politics in Contemporary Italy

1st Edition

By Vittorio Mete
May 27, 2024

This book explores the discourses, attitudes and behaviours of professional politicians and ordinary citizens alike characterized by hostility towards the political sphere, political parties and, above all, professional politicians. It furnishes a clear, consistent depiction of the anti-politics ...

The Complexity of Populism New Approaches and Methods

The Complexity of Populism: New Approaches and Methods

1st Edition

Edited By Paula Diehl, Brigitte Bargetz
July 31, 2023

This book explores the mechanisms and elements of populism to develop new theoretical and methodological approaches. Much as populism has been researched, it remains a contested notion without coherent definition and methodology and shaped by dimensions such as ideology, communication style, ...

The Politics of Populism in Hungary

The Politics of Populism in Hungary

1st Edition

By Robert Csehi
May 31, 2023

The book assesses the development of the Orbán regime in Hungary after 2010 through analyzing the polity-politics-policy impacts from a perspective of populism as an ideology focusing on discourse and actual decisions. By closely scrutinizing political narratives, actual decisions and survey data,...

Liberal Disorder, States of Exception, and Populist Politics

Liberal Disorder, States of Exception, and Populist Politics

1st Edition

Edited By Valur Ingimundarson, Sveinn Jóhannesson
August 01, 2022

Liberal democracy is in trouble. This volume considers the crosscutting causes and manifestations of the current crisis facing the liberal order.Over the last decade, liberal democracy has come under mounting pressure in many unanticipated ways. In response to seemingly endless crisis conditions, ...

Political Meritocracy and Populism Cure or Curse?

Political Meritocracy and Populism: Cure or Curse?

1st Edition

By Mark Chou, Benjamin Moffitt, Octavia Bryant
December 18, 2019

Offering the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between populism and political meritocracy, this book asks why states with meritocratic systems such as Singapore and China have not faced the populist challenge to the extent that liberal-democratic states have. Is political meritocracy ...

Re-thinking Contemporary Political Behaviour The Difference that Agency Makes

Re-thinking Contemporary Political Behaviour: The Difference that Agency Makes

1st Edition

By Sadiya Akram
February 25, 2019

Proposing a novel approach to understanding the contemporary political landscape, Akram draws on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Margaret Archer on agency and argues the need for an in-depth engagement with concepts of agency to improve the reach and scope of political analysis. Is the way that ...

Refiguring Democracy The Spanish Political Laboratory

Refiguring Democracy: The Spanish Political Laboratory

1st Edition

By Ramón Feenstra, Simon Tormey, Andreu Casero-Ripollés, John Keane
May 26, 2017

Spain has become a remarkable democratic laboratory in which millions of citizens are experimenting with new forms of political expression. This book examines the dynamics of this political laboratory, showing that the upheavals it is experiencing are likely in the near future to affect democracies...

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