The Future of Democracy
A Critique and a Defense
The challenges that democracy is currently facing – the rise of authoritarian regimes and the onslaught of political-religious radicalism, but also the crisis of representation and a sense of democracy collapsing in on itself – are determining today’s public debate. The belief that the process of modernization will promote the inevitable spread of democracy had proven to be a delusion. The future of democracy is no longer guaranteed and it is in desperate need of critique and defense.
This volume contains a collection of the revised and expanded contributions to a lecture series at the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich, which attracted quite a bit of attention. Respected scientists and leading intellectuals were invited to analyze the state of representative democracy in Europe and present concrete proposals for reform. They examine questions such as how decisive democracies are and what makes American democracy so extraordinary. They also engage with the global dimensions of democracy and look back on the “Arab Spring” with an eye towards the future. The contributors include Sabino Cassese, Dan Diner, Horst Dreier, Egon Flaig, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Heinrich Meier, Herfried Münkler, Dietrich Murswiek, Thomas L. Pangle and Peter Sloterdijk.
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