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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

Sarah M. Stitzlein

arrangements like families, and political practices like democracy. They shape the traditions and expectations we inherit, as well as the ways in which we test, challenge, and revise what has been passed on to us. Despite this, hope is too often described in individualist terms that fail to encapsulate the

Alan H. Sommerstein

of the ten probouloi who were chosen to exercise a rather ill-defined supervisory function for an indefinite period (Arist. Rh. 1419a26-30 = Sophocles T 27). There are, however, episodes in Sophocles’ public career that may raise doubts about his commitment to democracy. At the time of his

Jensen Sass and Thomas Crosbie

and we aim to clarify and advance that contribution, to join him in calling for more research in this field, especially as it pertains to democracy. Our larger claim is that the relationship between scandal and democracy not as a simple question but rather as a research agenda. The operative question

Anja Osei

seeks to address these issues by drawing on theoretical and empirical insights from elite studies, an avenue of research in African politics that has thus far been relatively neglected. The questions to be answered are whether the structure of the Ghanaian elite is conducive to democracy, and what elite

E. Paul Colella

experiment has triggered a theoretical debate about the future shape of democracy itself. Opinion is greatly divided on what that future might look like. Some argue for the creation of a single, European super-state, citing how the forces of globalization have all but made that a reality already. Others fear

Shelley Rigger

explain transitions from authoritarianism to democracy and the desire to understand more fully the role of the state in economic development. As a successful developmental state that had transitioned from single-party authoritarianism to multiparty democracy in the second half of the twentieth century

Daniel Schillinger

Athenian democrats had the power to exact revenge. Instead, however, the demos surprisingly issued an amnesty and repaid the debts of the oligarchs. These actions went beyond the people’s legal obligations and re-founded the democracy altogether ( Ath. Pol. 39-41.2). By explaining the amnesty using the

James Kierstead

the state is an anachronistic one, especially in view of the fact that ‘in Athenian terms a decree of the ecclēsia … could not be appealed … for nobody could be superior to the assembled citizens who were the state’. 4 Whether Creon can in fact be identified with Athens’ democracy has since become

Spaces of Violence in South Asian Democracies

Citizenship, Nationalist Exclusion, and the (Il)legitimate Use of Force

Eva Gerharz and Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Democracy has recently garnered heavy criticism for constituting an “empty signifier”, comprising all kinds of rather evocatively articulated, prophetic hopes and aspirations, while remaining notably vague and often selective with regards to specific forms of realisation. These criticisms began