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Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the 21st Century

Matthew Flinders


If the twentieth century witnessed the triumph of democracy then something appears to have gone seriously wrong. Citizens around the world have become distrustful of politicians, sceptical about democratic institutions, and disillusioned about the capacity of democratic politics to resolve pressing social concerns. This shift in global attitudes has been explored in a vast body of writing that examines the existence of ‘disaffected democrats’ and ‘democratic deficits’. This book meets this contemporary pessimism about the political process head on. In doing so, it aims to cultivate a shift fro ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic institutions, social concerns, politics of pessimism, politics of optimism, democratic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199644421.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Flinders, author
Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield