Introduction: A New Analytic Tool

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This introduction offers a post-foundational analytic tool for the study of democracy across time and space. The tool helps to manage the complexity of the discourse on democracy. This chapter argues that we do not know what democracy is. The chapter is determined to offer a way forward. It establishes that this book will explain a theory of basic democracy. It describes that the democracy theories, concepts, practices and their nuances are many and that the resulting ambiguity interferes with politics globally. The lack of a scientific definition of democracy is a serious and present danger for contemporary politics and society. This logic is used to argue for the importance of the model and to justify why we need a way forward.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolutionary Basic Democracy
EditorsJean-Paul Gagnon
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781137338662
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameTheories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy
ISSN (Print)2947-4469
ISSN (Electronic)2947-4477


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