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What Is Democracy?

1st Edition

By Alain Touraine, David Macey


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In this sequel to A Critique of Modernity, Alain Touraine questions the social and cultural content of democracy today. At a time when state power is being increasingly eroded by the economic might of transnational capital, what possible value can we ascribe to a democratic idea that is defined merely as a set of guarantees against the totalitarian

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Part 1: The Three Dimensions of Democracy -- A New Idea -- Human Rights, Representation, and Citizenship -- Limitations on Power -- Representative Political Actors -- Citizenship -- Part 2: A History of the Modern Democratic Spirit -- Republicans and Liberals -- Opening Up a Public Space -- Part 3: Democratic Culture -- The Politics of the Subject -- Recomposing the World -- Part 4: Democracy and Development -- Modernization or Development? -- Transforming Old into New -- Democratization in the East and the South? -- Conclusion

About the Authors

Alain Touraine is a sociologist and currently director of the Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is also the author of The Return of the Actor and Critique of Modernity. David Macey.

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