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Theory and Reality of Democracy
  • Bandtyp: Inbunden
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 20060301
  • Antal sidor: 240
  • Vikt i gram: 490
  • ISBN10:0826488358
  • ISBN13:9780826488350

Theory and Reality of Democracy

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Beskrivning:

This is a study of conceptualizations and applications of the idea of democracy in international and trans-national politics (outside the confines of constituted political states, or outside a broadly understood domestic political sphere), which uses a politically realist methodology. This study provides a critical survey of current conceptual positions assumed in this area, and tests these against specific real world events, using the invasion and occupation of Iraq by a US-UK led coalition as a case study. This book is divided into two parts - the first examines the six prevailing conceptual positions on democracy in the international/trans-national domain in terms of (a) their normative and legislative connotations and (b) the manner in which they negotiate boundaries. The second part tests the observations made in Part 1 against real-world events, using the build up to military intervention in and subsequent occupation of Iraq. During these events the notion of democracy was continually being deployed and dissected in a wide variety of different ways: justifications for and against military action were constantly framed in terms of democracy; the democratic structure and credentials of the UN were stretched almost at breaking point; mass marches and rallies were claimed as a democratic expression of protest; and a discourse of 'democratization' has dominated the occupation period.

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