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In Search Of Democracy

Author: Larry Diamond
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317411366
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This book evaluates the global status and prospects of democracy, with an emphasis on the quality of democratic institutions and the effectiveness of governance as key conditions for stable democracy. Bringing together a wide range of the author’s work over the past three decades, it advances a framework for assessing the quality of democracy and it analyzes alternative measures of democracy. Drawing on the most recent data from Freedom House, it assesses the global state of democracy and freedom, as of the beginning of 2015, and it explains why the world has been experiencing a mild but now deepening recession of democracy and freedom since 2005. A major theme of the book across the three decades of the author’s work is the relationship between democratic quality and stability. Democracies break down, Diamond argues, not so much because of economic factors but because of corrupt, inept governance that violates individual rights and the rule of law. The best way to secure democracy is to ensure that democracy is accountable, transparent, genuinely competitive, respectful of individual rights, inclusive of diverse forms and sources of participation, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of ordinary citizens. Viable democracy requires not only a state that can mobilize power to achieve collective goals, but also one that can restrain and punish the abuse of power—a particularly steep challenge for poor countries and those with natural resource wealth. The book examines these themes both in broad comparative perspective and with a deeper analysis of historical trends and future prospects in Africa and Asia,. Concluding with lessons for sustaining and reforming policies to promote democracy internationally, this book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in democracy, as well as politics and international relations more generally.

In Search Of Democracy

Author: Sondra Kathryn Wilson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195344325
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This collection of writings offers a glimpse into the minds of three N.A.A.C.P. leaders who occupied the center of black thought and action during some of the most troublesome and pivotal times of the civil rights movement. The volume delineates fifty-seven years of the N.A.A.C.P.'s program under the successive direction of James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins. These writings illustrate the vital roles of these three leaders in building a peoples liberation, underscoring not only their progressive influence throughout their time in power, but also a vision of the future as race relations enter the 21st Century. Much of the material, notably "The Secretary's Reports to the Board," is published here for the first time, offering an invaluable resource for those seeking a deeper knowledge of the history of race in America

Civil Society In Asia

Author: Dr Fahimul Quadir
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472423313
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Providing much needed analytical context to explore the theoretical and empirical dimensions of the role of civil society in the democracy and development of Bangladesh, Civil Society in Asia brings together well established international authors to explore key ideas and debates from a wide range of disciplines. Through this the contributors raise intriguing questions about the prospects for liberal democracy and social development in a Muslim majority country.

In Search Of Democracy In Socialism

Author: Svetozar Stojanović
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From the Blurb: This book is written by a prominent dissident Marxist philosopher. It presents a radical critique of Marxist theory and practice in contemporary communist societies in Eastern Europe, based upon his experience in Yugoslavia. Among the lively issues that Stojanovic examines are: the ambiguities of Marx's theory of history and its vulnerability to ideological distortion, the problem of charisma, the legacy of Stalinism, the ideological consciousness of the statist ruling class in the USSR, the experience of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the moral issues faced by the communist revolutionary who parts ways with his Party. Throughout, Stojanovic defends a humanist interpretation of Marxism and a passionate commitment to democratic socialism. The author discusses the opportunities for the realization of a genuinely democratic socialist order in Yugoslavia today and reaffirms his conviction that the protection of the dignity of the human individual, even in the most difficult of circumstances, is the paramount condition of socialism.

Retrieving Democracy

Author: Philip Green
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847674053
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'A brilliant, utterly persuasive argument for genuine democracy in our own country...The proposals...are bound to be inspiring to anyone who takes politics, in the largest sense of the word, seriously.'-Barbara Ehrenreich