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The Ashgate Research Companion to the Politics of Democratization in Europe

Concepts and Histories

Edited by: Kari Palonen , Tuija Pulkkinen , José María Rosales

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754672500
eBook ISBN: 9781315613635
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041443

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'Democratization' is a concept often used in academic book titles, yet not many of them deal with the initial breakthrough of democratization. This research companion presents an alternative view to the widespread assumption that Western democracies should be the normative reference for the study of democratization elsewhere. Rather, it questions the universal validity of such an assumption by searching the history of European politics and by paying specific attention to the struggles of democratization accomplished outside Western Europe. The authors apply a comparative approach to analyzing debates in the primary sources in a number of countries and languages and situate the results into a broader European context. Focusing on European democratization from different historical and analytical perspectives, they discuss the politics, concepts and histories involved in democratization as a complex of changes that has altered the conditions of political action and debate in the continent for the past two centuries.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  On the Politics, Concepts and Histories of European Democratization Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Representative Democracy: Rosanvallon on the French Experience Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Direct Democracy, Ancient and Modern Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Neither Ancient nor Modern: Rousseau's Theory of Democracy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Representative Government or Republic? Sieyès on Good Government Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Democratic Politics and the Dynamics of Passions Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Disobedient State and Faithful Citizen? Re-locating Politics in the Age of Globalization Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Gendered 'Subjects' of Political Representation Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Political Rhetoric and the Role of Ridicule Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Political Times and the Rhetoric of Democratization Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Democratization and the Instrumentalization of the Past Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Rhetoric of Intellectual Manifestos from the First World War to the War against Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  City Squats and Women's Struggle: Feminist Political Action as Public Performance Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Spectres of Totality Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Women's Partial Citizenship: Cleavages and Conflicts Concerning Women's Citizenship in Theory and Practice Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Gendering Political Representation? The Debate on Gender Parity in France Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Political Professionalism and Representative Democracy: Common History, Irresolvable Linkage and Inherent Tensions Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Democratization and Professionalization: The Disappearance of the Polling Officer in Germany and the Introduction of Computer Democracy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The History of Parliamentary Democracy in Denmark in Comparative Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  20:  A Long and Hard Process of Democratization: Political Representation, Elections and Democracy in Contemporary Spain Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Do Political Parties Matter? Direct Democracy and Electoral Struggles in Switzerland in the Nineteenth Century Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Breakthrough of Universal Suffrage in Finland, 1905–1906 Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Nationalism, Constitutionalism and Democratization: The Basque Question in Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Dis-/Appearance of the Demos  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Past, Present and Future of Democratization Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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