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INTRODUCTION
FAMILY RESEMBLANCES
ATHENS AND SPARTA
THE PLURALIST THEORIES
THE DECLARATION OF 1948
CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY: A FIRST APPROACH
THE KEYNESIAN ALCHEMY
MARSHALL AND THE CITIZENS
FROM SCHUMPETER TO MARSHALL
EUROPEAN TRANSITIONS TO DEMOCRACY
CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY: A SECOND APPROACH
LEGITIMACY, MORAL AUTONOMY, AND PREFERENCES
FROM THE THIRTY GLORIOUS YEARS TO THE GREAT RECESSION
WELFARE STATES IN TRANSITION
THE PROBLEMATIC OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION
AN UNHAPPY BALANCE
AN IDEA AND ITS CONCRETE MANIFESTATIONS
CONDITIONAL DEMOCRACY
DECEIVING RESEMBLANCES
REFERENCES
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Democracy: Government of the People or Government of the Politicians?

Democracy: Government of the People or Government of the Politicians?

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One hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln stressed the pressing need for a new definition of 'freedom.' Today, with 85 of some 190 countries claiming to be representative democracies, JosZ Nun makes an equally compelling case for 'democracy.' In emerging democracies throughout much of the developing world, the need is especially urgent, as nascent debates about democracy are modified by such descriptions as delegative, transitional, incomplete, low-intensity, relative, uncertain, or even authoritarian. In accessible and engaging style, Nun provides a comprehensive analysis of the theory and practice of democracy from ancient Greece to contemporary Latin America. The author's authoritative historical and comparative discussion of democracy is combined with his own evaluation of the conditions and possibilities for the development of genuinely democratic societies in our time, in Latin America and throughout the world. The author identifies the preconditions of a democratic regime, the links between citizenship construction and social rights, the centrality of work for the promotion of equality and freedom, and the current democratic deficits both in core and peripheral countries. All readers will benefit from Nun's insightful distinction between two visions of democracy—government of the people or government of the politicians—and its profound consequences.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln stressed the pressing need for a new definition of 'freedom.' Today, with 85 of some 190 countries claiming to be representative democracies, JosZ Nun makes an equally compelling case for 'democracy.' In emerging democracies throughout much of the developing world, the need is especially urgent, as nascent debates about democracy are modified by such descriptions as delegative, transitional, incomplete, low-intensity, relative, uncertain, or even authoritarian. In accessible and engaging style, Nun provides a comprehensive analysis of the theory and practice of democracy from ancient Greece to contemporary Latin America. The author's authoritative historical and comparative discussion of democracy is combined with his own evaluation of the conditions and possibilities for the development of genuinely democratic societies in our time, in Latin America and throughout the world. The author identifies the preconditions of a democratic regime, the links between citizenship construction and social rights, the centrality of work for the promotion of equality and freedom, and the current democratic deficits both in core and peripheral countries. All readers will benefit from Nun's insightful distinction between two visions of democracy—government of the people or government of the politicians—and its profound consequences.

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