Can Democracy Be Saved: Participation, Deliberation and by Donatella della Porta

By Donatella della Porta

Financial hindrance, monetary globalization and the strengthening of neoliberal rules current stark demanding situations to conventional conceptions of consultant democracy. but, while, new possibilities are rising that suggest substitute visions for the way forward for democracy.

In this hugely articulate ebook, Donatella della Porta analyses assorted conceptions and practices of participatory and deliberative democracy, construction upon contemporary reflections in normative concept in addition to unique empirical learn. in addition to drawing on key ancient examples, the ebook can pay shut cognizance to the present revitalization of social activities: the Arab Spring uprisings in procedures of democratic transition; the opportunity of new applied sciences to improve so-called e-democracy within the Indignados and Occupy Wall highway protests; and suggestions for cosmopolitan democracy present in contemporary campaigns for democratization of the ecu Union and United international locations. along such social pursuits, the publication additionally assesses institutional reactions, from the policing of protest to efforts at reform.

This contribution to a severe modern debate, through a number one political sociologist and pupil of social pursuits, may be of significant worth to scholars and students of political sociology, political technology and social circulation reviews, in addition to someone attracted to the form and improvement of democracy.

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These diverse models are often combined and balanced in the practices and discourses of different actors. 3 Participatory Democracy We seek the establishment of a democracy of individual participation, governed by two central aims; that the individual share in those social decisions determining the quality and direction of his life; that society be organized to encourage independence of man and provide the media for their common participation. (Port Huron Statement, 1964) Although the meetings were frequently long and tedious, many occupiers point to these open, participatory assemblies as embodying an alternative to the current representative democratic order disproportionately influenced by the 1%.

More accurately, to the extent that Globalized Space is marked by conventional democratic procedures, these are ad-hoc, non systematic, irregular and fragile’ (Rosenau 1998, 39). Not only do international organizations usually have no electoral accountability, but also a transnational conception of citizenship and citizenship rights is hard to develop. The fundamental principles of nation-state democracy – such as territoriality, majority principles, and use of coercive power – ‘have to be reformulated, if they are to be applied globally’ (Archibugi 2003, 7).

In the third path there is a ‘short cut’, with a direct passage from closed hegemony to polyarchy. In these cases, ‘a closed hegemony is abruptly transformed into a polyarchy by a sudden grant of universal suffrage and rights of public contestation’ (1971, 34). According to Dahl, the first type of path has been the healthiest for democracy, allowing the gradual socialization of new groups to the rules of the game. Indeed, this applies for the oldest and most stable polyarchies, where ‘the rules, the practices, and the culture of competitive politics developed first among a small elite’ (1971, 36).

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