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Democracy Problems and Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0748620109

ISBN-13: 9780748620104

Edition: 2007

Authors: Roland Axtmann

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"Democracy: Problems and Perspectives" provides a critical review of the scholarly and political debates about democratic thought and of arguments about democratic practice. On the basis of an interpretation of Immanuel Kant's political philosophy, the book presents democracy as a regime type in which citizens, who are united to give law, rule themselves and where such self-rule is exercised by citizens who embrace local and global patriotism. In the course of developing this idea of democracy, the book addresses issues such as human rights and their relationship to democracy; the policy of the global promotion of human rights and democracy; sovereignty and the nation-state; popular sovereignty and multicultural citizenship; and cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan democracy. The book will stimulate controversial discussions about the varieties of democratic imaginations and visions, past and present as well as the future of democracy in the current stage of globalisation. Key Features Presents a broad range of thinkers, theoretical and political positions and arguments Clearly links theory and practice Uses case studies to elucidate the theories discussed Covers a broad range of theories of democracy
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 5/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

After his PhD at the London School of Economics,nbsp;Roland taught at the University of Aberdeen for 16 years. Roland joined the Department in 2005 as a Professor of Politics and International Relations. He held visiting appointments at Heidelberg University (Germany); Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria); University of California, Los Angeles; and Deakin University, Melbourne. In 2011, he was a visiting professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia). Currently, he is a visiting fellow at thenbsp;Sydneynbsp;Democracy Initiative at Sydney University.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Kant's Republicanism and the Cosmopolitan Persuasion
Kant's Republicanism and the 'Moral Personality' of States
The Sovereign Equality of States, Peaceful Coexistence and the International Constitution
Kant's Cosmopolitanism
Cicero's Republicanism and Stoic Cosmopolitanism: Kant in Comparison
John Rawls and Jurgen Habermas: Alternative Ways of Understanding Kant's Cosmopolitanism
The Languages of Human Rights and the Liberal Dialect
The Many Voices of the Human Rights Discourse
Human Rights as the New Standard of Civilisation
Human Rights and Democracy: Liberal Perspectives
The Globalisation of Democracy: The Right to Democratic Governance
The Entitlement to Democratic Governance in International Law and International Politics
The Ideology of Democracy Promotion
Excursus: Prerequisites and Causes of Democratisation
Sovereignty and Democracy
Conceptual Distinctions
The Politics of the Sovereignty Discourse
'Domestic Sovereignty' as 'Popular Sovereignty'
Liberal Democracy between Multiculturalism and Globalisation
From 'Demos' to 'Demoi': Multiculturalism and Democracy
Globalisation and Democracy
Bibliography
Index