Creative Crises of Democracy by Tim HouwenCreative Crises of Democracy by Tim Houwen

Creative Crises of Democracy

byTim Houwen, Joris Gijsenbergh, Wim De Jong

Paperback | December 8, 2011

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The «crisis of democracy» is as old as democracy itself. From the first democracy in Athens up until western democracy in the twenty-first century, criticism and complaints about the deficiencies of democracy have recurred. Pessimistic accounts typically focus on the destructive potential of these crises.
This collection of essays takes an alternative approach and draws attention to the creativity inherent in these «crises of democracy» – the potential for renewal and adaptation.
In the volume, historians, philosophers and political scientists from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Austria tackle the three key questions prompted by this perspective: what moments of creativity can be discerned during crises of democracy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; how does democracy adapt during moments of crisis; and how does the notion of a democratic crisis affect political reality and vice versa?
Joris Gijsenbergh, Saskia Hollander, Tim Houwen and Wim de Jong are all involved with the interdisciplinary research project ‘Repertoires of Democracy: The Transfer of Democratic Practices’, which is based at Radboud University Nijmegen. Gijsenbergh is currently writing a doctoral thesis on democracy and repression of extremism in inte...
Title:Creative Crises of DemocracyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:December 8, 2011Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Evert van der Zweerde: Mix the Balance! Democracy as a Paradoxical Process – Paul Lucardie: From Crisis to Democracy? An Exercise in Political Imagination – Marco Verschoor: The Problem of the Legitimacy of the People. The Rawlsian Strategy of Avoidance – Daniel Hausknost: The «Epistemic Legitimacy» of Liberal Democracy as a Structural Constraint for Radical Politics – Wim de Jong: Political Education and the Recurring Crisis of Democracy in the Netherlands (1945-2010) – Tim Houwen: Populism as a Recurrent Phenomenon of Representative Democracy – Machiel Karskens: Crisis of Democracy as a Repudiation of Politics – Carla Hoetink/Karin van Leeuwen: Dilemmas of Democracy: Early Postwar Debates on European Integration in the Netherlands – Anna Friberg: Towards Total Democracy? The Concept of Democracy within the Swedish Social Democratic Party, 1921-1939 – Joris Gijsenbergh: Crisis of Democracy or Creative Reform? Dutch Debates on the Repression of Parliamentary Representatives and Political Parties, 1933-1940 – Stefan Couperus: Fixing Democracy? Political Representation and the Crisis of Democracy in Interwar Europe and the Netherlands – Martin Conway: The Making of Democratic Stability. The Case of Belgium after 1944 – Jacco Pekelder: From Militancy to Democracy? The Radical Left in West Germany in the 1970s – Wim van Meurs: Political Marches as Markers of Democratic Crisis – Peter Bal: Public Spheres in a Globalizing World. How the Global and the Political Shape and Reshape Public Opinions – Stijn van Kessel: Two of a Kind or Kind of Incompatible? Populist Parties in the Dutch and Polish Party Systems – Saskia Hollander/Monique Leyenaar: Towards a Direct Democratic Era? Assessing the Usage of Direct Democratic Institutions in Europe – David Hugh-Jones: Why Elected Politicians Implement Direct Democracy.