Political Parties and Democracy

Political Parties and Democracy : Explorations in History and Theory

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This is a study of the Americanization of British politics. Central to this are the ideas of plebiscitarianism - the practice of democracy in which elites manipulate politics using the terminology of democracy to legitimize minority rule.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 158.75 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes, index
  • 0745310990
  • 9780745310992

Table of contents

Part 1 The American persuasion - democracy vs the politics of plebiscitarianism: direct democracy and progressive political reform; populism and democracy; attacking democracy - state funding of political parties; political reform as a danger to democracy; regulating politics; democratic rights and the regulation of politics; "common cause" - the dangerous lobby; the end of "The American Dream" - crisis in American politics. Part 2 Theorists and advocates: Karl Mannheim - turning Marx upside down; alienation and the new slavery; right face - sociology under attack. Part 3 After the Cold War: civil society, democracy, and the Cold War; transnationalism from below - Labour into the 21st century. Part 4 In the battle - views and reviews: the authoritarian socialism of H.G. Wells; culture of complaint - the fraying of America.show more