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  • Taschenbuch: 338 Seiten
  • Verlag: Stanford University Press; Auflage: 0003 (15. September 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0804754721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804754729
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,5 x 22,9 cm
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"In this timely and thought-provoking study, Held provides a critical reassessment of major theories of democracy from ancient Greece to the present, along with his own prescription for revitalizing contemporary democratic politics. . . . This volume should be read and pondered by anyone interested in the future of democracy.""The Annals""

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In a succinct and far-reaching analysis, David Held provides an introduction to major theories of democracy from classical Greece to the present, along with a critical discussion of what democracy should mean today. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to take into account significant transformations in world politics. A new chapter on deliberative democracy has been added, which focuses on how citizen participation can be increased in politics, and how that participation can become more informed. Like its predecessor, the third edition of "Models of Democracy" combines lucid exposition and clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it highly attractive to students and experts in the field. The third edition will prove essential reading for all those interested in politics, political theory, and political philosophy.

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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 2. Oktober 1998
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Excellent introduction into political theory, giving good background on the current political debates. However, the solution proposed, a "cosmopolitian democracy", does not seem very concrete.
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Superb 18. April 2006
Von alexliamw - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a superb book as an entry road into democratic theory. It is far-reaching but not too superficial, the analysis and interpretation are spot on, and the critical lines persued are persuasive and important. Although the solution is not fully expanded Held makes it clear that this is not his intention as this is primarily a survey of democratic theory over the years rather than a constructive thesis.
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With so many models, the reader might become confused 7. Oktober 2012
Von raphael cohen-almagor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Held maps different models of democracy, from the Athenian to the present liberal democracy. In chapters 2 and 3 he explains basic concepts, such as Republicanism, elective government, sovereignty, representation, and the general will. In chapter 3, Held also analyses the emergence of the present liberal democracy.

Chapter 4 is about direct democracy as opposed to representative democracy. One would expect this chapter to be related to the Athenian model but this is not the case. Held speaks about the Marxist/socialist and communist variants of democracy. No comparison is made between these models and the classical model.

Part II of the book consists of five chapters (5-9) relating to variants of democracy from the 20th century: elitism, pluralism, legal democracy, participatory democracy. Then there is a curious, short chapter (8) about the emerging democracies in Eastern Europe which raises many issues and leaves many questions unanswered. This chapter does not do justice to the complexity of the issues, and does not really shed ample light on the transformation, democratization, similarities and differences between the countries in Eastern Europe. It is the weakest chapter in the book.

Chapter 9 is about deliberative democracy. One would expect a comparative analysis between this model and the pluralist model. What Held offers is a succinct discussion (pp. 252-255) on value pluralism and democracy that only starts the analysis but is far from completing it.

The last part of the book consists of two chapters (10 and 11). It is titled What should democracy mean today? And it discusses democratic autonomy, democratic legitimacy and it returns to the question of sovereignty. Here Held posits the cosmopolitan model of democracy in which a global parliament connects regions, nations and localities.

This book is very interesting. It provides food for thought as well as ample criticisms. Held's dissections of democracy and the models he offers show just how complicated the concept of democracy, and the extent that it opens for interpretation. With so many models, the reader might become confused, especially when the differences and similarities between the different models are not explained carefully, or at all. Held has many thoughts but he attempted too much. With so many trees, it is difficult to see the forest. The book would be better served if Held were to offer a few models, explain them thoroughly, and compare them comprehensively.
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Excellent 9. Februar 2008
Von Sarai Macedo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My professor selected this book to supplement my government class. This is an excellent book that teaches its audience about democracy. I love how Held talks about each model of democracy without siding with any model. However, you must have patience to understand the book because the language is a bit complex. My professor picked an excellent book for government class!!
HELD IS A HARDCORE PROTECTIVE DEMOCRAT 30. Juli 2015
Von Thomas Brase - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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well written book. The author clearly explained the distinctions between Protective and Developmental democracy. however, the commentaries in the latter part of the book seemed to indicate that the author is inclined to the former type of democracy. Held is more of a DEMOCRAT than a social scientist.
VALUE-FREE BOOK! 27. Juli 2015
Von Sandra Ramos - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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No other books can provide a detailed and unbiased description of the different models of democracy aside from this book! I've been reading this since last week and I'm really enlightened on how to view different democracies without being filtered by preconditioned judgement.
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