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Mending Democracy: Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times

Carolyn M. Hendriks, Selen A. Ercan, and John Boswell


This book advances the idea of democratic mending in response to the growing problem of disconnections in contemporary democracies. Around the globe vital connections in our democratic systems are wearing thin, especially between citizens and their elected representatives, between citizens in polarized public spheres, and between citizens and their complex governance systems. The wide scale of disrepair in our democratic fabric cannot realistically be patched over through institutional redesign or one-off innovation. Instead this book calls for a more connective and systemic approach to repair ... More

Keywords: democratic reform, democratic crisis, democratic renewal, democratic innovation, deliberative democracy, deliberative system, public deliberation, repair, citizen engagement, political participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn M. Hendriks, author
Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Selen A. Ercan, author
Associate Professor, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra

John Boswell, author
University of Southampton, Associate Professor in Politics