Kidnapped Democracy by Ramón A. FeenstraKidnapped Democracy by Ramón A. Feenstra

Kidnapped Democracy

byRamón A. Feenstra

Hardcover | November 16, 2019

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Large sections of democracy and its basic structures have recently been hijacked. By stealth, powerful elites have gradually gained control of the political sphere and transformed it to serve their own interests. The political systems of what appear to be established democracies in all corners of the world are showing signs of this takeover, which has led to widespread citizen disaffection and indignation. Kidnapped Democracy uses the metaphor of captivity to illustrate the differences and similarities between conventional kidnappings and the hijacking of a political system. The book's nine chapters identify the kidnappers, the accomplices, the hostages, the victims and the negotiators before examining the effect of a peculiar Stockholm syndrome and, finally, reflecting on possible ways to secure the release of democracy.
Ramón A. Feenstra teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Spain.
Title:Kidnapped DemocracyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:64 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 16, 2019Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield InternationalLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:178661362X

ISBN - 13:9781786613622


Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Raising the AlarmChapter 2: The Hostages (I): Political Parties and GovernmentsChapter 3: The Hostages (II): The Mass MediaChapter 4: The Hostages (III): Trade UnionsChapter 5: Hostages or Accomplices?Chapter 6: The KidnappersChapter 7: Victims' Response: From Stockholm Syndrome to DefianceChapter 8: NegotiatorsChapter 9: The Struggle for LiberationReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex

Editorial Reviews

Feenstra draws up a powerful metaphor - that of kidnapping - to explain the situation of democracy today. He analyzes in detail the main actors involved in kidnapping, their relationships and dynamics. This is achieved by joining the best tradition of polemicists, constructing an exciting plot that makes us question the main political and social problems of our time.