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    DescriptionPost--Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise. Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self--referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty--first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics. This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty--first--century politics.


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    Title
    Post-democracy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colin Crouch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 184 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745633152
    ISBN 10: 0745633153
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JPHV
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: POL007000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 321.8
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: JC423 .C767 2004, JC423.C767
    Thema V1.0: JPHV
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    20 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Colin Crouch is Chairman of the Department of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute.
    Review quote
    'Colin Crouch has written a powerful plea for a politics of the left in the twenty--first century. He is no advocate of the Third Way. For him the stark alternative is liberal democracy or egalitarian democracy, and he clearly opts for the latter. Those who disagree with his analysis or his conclusions will have to make their case, and will no doubt do so. Crouch's book is sure to give rise to lively debate.' Ralf Dahrendorf a Colin Crouch has the great gift of bringing theory down to accessible earth. Social capital theory is applied to the policies needed for civil renewal. This thoughtful book is a culmination of all that we have been expecting--and more--from his Fabian pamphlets and Political Quarterly articles on the dilemmas of democracy in troubled times.a Professor Bernard Crick
    Back cover copy
    "Post-Democracy" is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise. Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics. This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics.
    Table of contents
    Preface. 1. Why Post--Democracy?. 2. The Global Firm: The Key Institution of the Post--Democratic World. 3. Social Class in Post--Democracy. 4. The Political Party under Post--Democracy. 5. Post--Democracy and the Commercialization of Citizenship. 6. Conclusions: Where Do We Go From Here?. References. Index.