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Hans-Joachim Lauth and Sascha Kneip

Modern democratic societies are facing manifold internal and external challenges. Economically, today’s nation state democracies are increasingly in danger of losing autonomy due to the globalization of markets. The growing predominance of economic imperatives over democratically legitimized


Edited by Keping Yu

Democracy and the Rule of Law in China is intended to make available to English-language readers debates among prominent Chinese intellectuals and academics over issues of political, constitutional, and legal reform; modes of governance in urban and rural China; and culture and cultural policy. China’s unprecedented economic development following the implementation of the Reform and Opening policy has drawn widespread international attention; yet accompanying political developments have been largely overlooked. A compilation of the works of twelve contemporary Chinese scholars, this book offers unique insights into the wealth of viewpoints and diversity of issues influencing and defining the development of democracy and the rule of law in China. Based on theoretical and practical analyses of China’s political development to date, the authors propose specific models for the expansion of democratic mechanisms already present in the current political structure. Exploring topics ranging from autonomous village governance and grassroots elections to constitutional reform and judicial independence, the authors are unified on one point: China’s political development must pursue a gradual, distinctly-Chinese course in order to promote social stability, continued economic advancement, and the establishment of a socialist democratic society.

Jovanka Matić

Serbia is distinguished among new democracies in Europe by a very long, winding and bumpy road of post-communist development. It stepped onto the democratization path of other Central and Eastern European countries with a decade-long delay, after the change of the regime of Slobodan Milošević

Majid Nikouei and Masoud Zamani

characterisation of Rousseau as a supporter of ‘pseudo-democratic dictatorship’, what today may be referred to as ‘illiberal democracies’. 2 Of course, in Russell’s account, Locke is one of the founding fathers of liberalism, of which later, Roosevelt and Churchill became two preferable outcomes. The social

Patrick J. Glen

1. Introduction On January 16, 2012, Cameroon deposited its instrument of ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (“Charter”) with the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), becoming the fifteenth state to ratify the Charter. 1 Per the

Nabiha Jerad†

women who were ready to die in the name of freedom and dignity. While the thesis of the End of History had reinforced a vision of an Arab world that is out of time, and that is resistant to democracy and modernity, one news story 2 shaped the history of Tunisia and jolted the Arab region. The victim in

Han Zhen

In modern society, democracy as a symbol of social civilization and progress is cherished. Any government or organization, whether truly democratic or not, will claim that it is democratic while its opponents are not. However, as a historical notion, democracy does not possess the quality of absoluteness. In my view, democracy, in its original meaning, should be understood as a way to social compromise, whose aim is to guarantee a relatively fair political life.

Clint Le Bruyns

1. Democracy – and Political Responsibility ? The notion of “participatory democracy” or “active citizenship” is in political vogue in and beyond South Africa today. It has become a way of talking about the responsibility all people must assume for the integrity and advancement of their life


Edited by Vrasidas Karalis

Cornelius Castoriadis and the Project of Radical Autonomy analyses the philosophy of Greek-born French philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis. A leading member of the influential revolutionary group, Socialism or Barbarism in France, Castoriadis analysed contemporary political subjectivity and culture in terms of the collective and individual attempt to gain autonomy. His philosophy frames a multi-dimensional analysis of modern capitalist societies, based on a systematic critique of orthodox Marxism, Heideggerian ontology and Lacanian psychology.
The present volume consists of two parts. In the first part, his most significant essays written before his departure to France in 1945 are translated and present young Castoriadis’ interpretation of Max Weber’s theory of bureaucratic societies. The second part consists of a series of essays by various scholars on aspects of Castoriadis’ mature philosophy in relation to other thinkers, and against the background of Europe’s political and social history.

Filippo Del Lucchese

’s book is that over the centuries to come these plebeian tribunes will represent the institutionalisation of the popular part’s legitimate power in the republican and democratic imagination. In McCormick’s view, however, the two concepts of republic and democracy should not be made to overlap. Because