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Democracy's Edges


Part of Contemporary Political Theory

Ian Shapiro, Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Robert A. Dahl, James Tobin, Elmar Altvater, Russell Hardin, David Held, Will Kymlicka, Alexander Wendt, Brooke A. Ackerly, Susan Moller Okin, Douglas Rae, Elizabeth Kiss, Jeffrey C. Isaac, Matthew Filner, Jason Bivins, Courtney Jung, Susan Hurley
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  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521643566

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  • Democracy has been a flawed hegemony since the fall of communism. Its flexibility, its commitment to equality of representation, and its recognition of the legitimacy of opposition politics, are all positive features for political institutions. But democracy has many deficiencies: it is all too easily held hostage by powerful interests; it often fails to advance social justice; and it does not cope well with a number of features of the political landscape, such as political identities, boundary disputes, and environmental crises. Although democracy is valuable it fits uneasily with many other political values and is in many respects less than equal to the demands it confronts. In this volume (and its companion, Democracy's Value) some of the world's most prominent political theorists and social scientists present original discussions of these urgently vexing subjects. Democracy's Edges analyses an enduring problem: how to establish the boundaries of democratic polities democratically.

    • Examines a central issue in contemporary politics: how to establish the boundaries of democratic polities
    • All-star set of contributors, including Robert Dahl, James Tobin, David Held and Susan Hurley
    • Together with its companion volume, Democracy's Value, this represents an accessible survey of the state-of-the-art in democratic theory
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    'In a world where the boundaries of nation-states are criss-crossed by vast movements of people, capital, cultures and ideas and increasingly contested from within and without, questions about the scope of democracy should be at the forefront of democratic theory. This volume will ensure that they are. The contributors are amongst the leading thinkers in the field and their papers address the nature and scope of democracy in fresh and insightful ways in light of current developments in world politics. Topical, timely and well-organized, this volume is a must for democratic theorists everywhere.' Duncan Ivison, University of Sydney

    'This is an excellent collection by leading political theorists on the prospects for democracy given the challenges to the standard boundaries of democratic societies - the challenge to 'outer edges' by processes of globalisation and the challenge to 'inner edges' by processes of pluralisation … I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the future of democracy.' James Tully, University of Victoria

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521643566
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 2 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordón
    Part I:
    2. Can international organizations be democratic? A skeptic's view Robert A. Dahl
    3. A comment on Dahl's skepticism James Tobin
    4. The democratic order, economic globalization and ecological restrictions - on the relation of material and formal democracy Elman Altvater
    5. Democracy and collective bads Russell Hardin
    6. The transformation of political community: rethinking democracy in the context of globalization David Held
    7. Citizenship in an era of globalization Will Kymlicka
    8. Comment on Held's cosmopolitanism Alexander Wendt
    9. Feminist social criticism and the international movement for women's rights as human rights Brooke A. Ackerly and Susan Moller-Okin
    Part II:
    10. Democratic liberty of the tyrannies of place Douglas Rae
    11. Democracy and the politics of recognition Elizabeth Kiss
    12. Group aspirations and democratic politics Ian Shapiro
    13. American democracy and the new Christian right: a critique of apolitical liberalism Jeffrey C. Isaac, Matthew Filner and Jason Bivins
    13. Between liberalism and a hard place Courtney Jung
    Rationality: democracy and leaky boundaries: vertical v. horizontal modularity Susan Hurley.

  • Editors

    Ian Shapiro, Yale University, Connecticut

    Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Yale University, Connecticut


    Ian Shapiro, Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Robert A. Dahl, James Tobin, Elmar Altvater, Russell Hardin, David Held, Will Kymlicka, Alexander Wendt, Brooke A. Ackerly, Susan Moller Okin, Douglas Rae, Elizabeth Kiss, Jeffrey C. Isaac, Matthew Filner, Jason Bivins, Courtney Jung, Susan Hurley

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