What is the Nature of the Crisis of Democracy and What can we do about it?

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Abstract

This article focuses on four areas in which there have been putative changes in democratic practices and processes over the last two decades: decline in, or changing forms of, political participation; the growing power of the corporate sector; the decline in state capacity and, relatedly, the problems of producing what is considered by some to be successful policy; and the growth of depoliticization and anti-politics. The article argues that while not all has changed, these are important, and worrying, developments. Subsequently, the article briefly examines possible ways in which we might re-engage citizens and recouple the government and citizens. Given space-limitations, this piece is best viewed as an informed argument.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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