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- ISBN: 9780415357067 | 0415357063
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/26/2006
The concept of democracy refers both to a political system and a political idea. As a name for a political system, it concerns the fact that the people themselves rule in some sense - indirectly through elected representatives in the modern period. As an idea, it stands for the desire to deepen and extend the ideal of self-government. Although these two approaches are often in tension, such tensions are part of democracy's flexibility and vibrancy.Built around the importance of the idea of democracy, this four-volume collection contains a wealth of material on democratic institutions, procedures and histories - all of which are presented as embodying or interpreting the idea of democracy in informative or provocative ways. Accordingly, articles have been chosen that are strong on theory, but which recognise that a key part of theory's importance lies in its deep engagement with democratic practice.Covering key areas such as classical and pre-twentieth century theories, liberal democracy and its critics, democracy around the world, and twenty-first century challenges to democracy,Democracy brings together key texts with an introduction specially written by the editor, thus making it an invaluable resource for researchers in this area.