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Globalizing Democracy – Power, Legitimacy and the Interpretation of Democratic Ideas - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Globalizing Democracy: Power, Legitimacy and the Interpretation of Democratic Ideas

Katherine Fierlbeck


Democracy has become a victim of its own success: the more that global societies wish to be seen as ‘democratic’, the more inflated the term becomes and the less meaning it has. We must avoid looking to democracy as a way of achieving personal autonomy and meaningful lives, and return to an understanding of democracy as a means of diffusing power between political agents. This updated, new edition examines some of the philosophical and theoretical issues underlying the ‘democratic project’ that increasingly dominates the fields of comparative development and international relations. The first ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic project, comparative development, international relations, legitimacy, democratic system, developing states, political relations, democratic societies, global societies

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719049958
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719049958.001.0001


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Katherine Fierlbeck, author

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