The term post-democracy was used by Warwick University political scientist Colin Crouch in in his book Coping with Post-Democracy. It designates states that operate by democratic systems elections are held, governments fall, freedom of speech , but whose application is progressively limited. A small elite is taking the tough decisions and co-opts the democratic institutions. Crouch further developed the idea in an article called Is there a liberalism beyond social democracy? The term was used by Crouch to design an evolution within democracies during the 21st century. The term may also denote a general conception of a post-democratic system that may involve other structures of group decision-making and governance than the ones found in contemporary or historical democracy.
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You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? Colin Crouch. Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people.
He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics.
This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics. Social capital theory is applied to the policies needed for civil renewal. This thoughtful book is a culmination of all that we have been expecting-and more-from his Fabian pamphlets and Political Quarterly articles on the dilemmas of democracy in troubled times.
Undetected location. NO YES. Selected type: Paperback. Added to Your Shopping Cart. Out of stock. This is a dummy description. Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise. Table of contents Preface. Why Post-Democracy?. Social Class in Post-Democracy. The Political Party under Post-Democracy.
Post-Democracy and the Commercialization of Citizenship. Reviews "A brilliant short text. He is no advocate of the Third Way.
For him the stark alternative is liberal democracy or egalitarian democracy, and he clearly opts for the latter.
Those who disagree with his analysis or his conclusions will have to make their case, and will no doubt do so. Features presents an original and polemical argument about the direction politics is taking in the 21st century, which is highly relevant to current debates centring around Tony Blair and New Labour. Themes for the 21st Century.
Philosophy Dictionary of Arguments Home. List view. Crouch Thesis: all Western democracies are in the process of post-democratization. Characteristics of Post-Democracy: 1 The basic democratic institutions and procedures are losing influence. Content is being replaced by personalised election campaign strategies. The mediating function of the parties would increasingly be transferred to opinion research institutes.
What did you mean by this concept? A post-industrial society is not a non-industrial one. It continues to make and to use the products of industry, but the energy and innovative drive of the system have gone elsewhere. The same applies in a more complex way to post-modern, which is not the same as anti-modern or of course pre-modern. It implies a culture that uses the achievements of modernism but departs from them in its search for new possibilities. A post-democratic society therefore is one that continues to have and to use all the institutions of democracy, but in which they increasingly become a formal shell.