Rogue, Reckless and Renegade: How the Government is Stealing Democracy One Agency at a Time
Author: Jay Sekulow
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123084
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
View: 6349
"Updated with two new chapters" --Cover.

Our Undemocratic Constitution

Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and how We the People Can Correct It)
Author: Sanford Levinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195365577
Category: Law
Page: 249
View: 300
Levinson argues that too many of our Constitution's provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, but certainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values. "Admirably gutsy and unfashionable." --Michael Kinsley, The New York Times "Bold, bracingly unromantic, and filled with illuminating insights. He accomplishes an unlikely feat, which is to make a really serious argument for a new constitutional convention, one that is founded squarely on democratic ideals." --Cass R. Sunstein, The New Republic "Everyone who cares about how our government works should read this thoughtful book." --Washington Lawyer

Militant Democracy

Undemocratic Political Parties and Beyond
Author: Svetlana Tyulkina
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317664566
Category: Law
Page: 228
View: 2295
The term ‘militant democracy’ was coined by Karl Loewenstein in the 1930s. He argued that attempts to establish democracy in the Weimar Republic failed due to the lack of militancy against subversive movements. The concept of militant democracy was introduced to legal scholarship and constitutional practice so as to provide democracy with legal means to defend itself against the range of possible activities of non-democratic political actors. This book offers a broad comparative look at the legal concept of militant democracy. It analyses both theoretical and substantive aspects of this concept, investigating its practice in a number of countries and on a diverse array of issues. Examining cases in Australia, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Israel, India, the USA, and the Council of Europe, Svetlana Tyulkina maps the historical development of militant democracy in constitutional theory and explores its interaction with various traditional and contemporary notions of democracy. The book analyses the possibilities and pitfalls of the concept of militant democracy when applied to protect democracy when it is under threat of harm or destruction by undemocratic actors, and suggests possible solutions and measures to overcome those dangers. In its evaluation of the capacity and justification for democracies to apply militant democracy measures, this book will be of great use and interest to students and scholars of public comparative constitutional law, international law, human rights law, and comparative politics.

Popular Support for an Undemocratic Regime

The Changing Views of Russians
Author: Richard Rose,William Mishler,Neil Munro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139497693
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
View: 9508
To survive, all forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary. Following the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia's rulers took steps toward democracy, yet under Vladimir Putin Russia has become increasingly undemocratic. This book uses a unique source of evidence, eighteen surveys of Russian public opinion from the first month of the new regime in 1992 up to 2009, to track the changing views of Russians. Clearly presented and sophisticated figures and tables show how political support has increased because of a sense of resignation that is even stronger than the unstable benefits of exporting oil and gas. Whilst comparative analyses of surveys on other continents show that Russia's elite is not alone in being able to mobilize popular support for an undemocratic regime, Russia provides an outstanding caution that popular support can grow when governors reject democracy and create an undemocratic regime.

Undemocratic Schooling

Equity and Quality in Mass Secondary Education in Australia
Author: Richard Teese,John Polesel
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
ISBN: 9780522850482
Category: Education
Page: 260
View: 6108
-Half the boys living in working-class suburbs to the west and north of Melbourne fail mathematics. Why? -Why are so many young people leaving school early, when there are no jobs for them to go to? -Are boys disadvantaged at school in comparison with girls? -What makes good schools work? -Is the best university one that attracts the top students, or one that offers the best chances for lower-achieving students? This groundbreaking book is based on the largest social survey of secondary education ever undertaken in Australia. It presents a comprehensive picture of who succeeds and who fails at school. Undemocratic Schooling brings together a unique range of information on who our students are, what they want from school, how well they think their schools work, what subjects they study, how well they succeed, and where they end up. It also reveals their larger views on matters such as jobs, careers, marriage and family, the political system and social justice. In its imaginative presentation of the findings of this massive survey, this book sheds new light on inequalities in our education system. It reveals significant new information on: -students' achievements in relation to their attitudes and values -students' perspectives on issues from jobs to discrimination -students' destinations in relation to their backgrounds. The authors offer valuable angles on such topical issues as retention and dropout rates; the relation between poverty and achievement; the gender debate; private versus public schools; and which universities serve which social groups.

Democratic Institutions of Undemocratic Individuals

Privatizations, Labor, and Democracy in Turkey and Argentina
Author: Peride K. Blind
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230617891
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
View: 8850
This book carries out a systematic analysis of the effects of economic globalization on democratization. The author studies the labour institutions of Turkey and Argentina from three criteria of internal functioning, external participation, and structural organization.


Author: N.A
Publisher: ICON Group International
Page: N.A
View: 8181

From democracy to partocracy

why a party system is undemocratic
Author: Themba Sono
Publisher: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 204
View: 3167

Jesus is Tricky and God is Undemocratic

The Kin-dom of God in Amawoti
Author: Graham Philpott
Publisher: N.A
Category: Amawoti (Inanda, Kwazulu Natal)
Page: 204
View: 4978

The Grandees of Government

The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia
Author: Brent Tarter
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 081393432X
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 7518
From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into the twenty-first century, Virginia’s history has been marked by obstacles to democratic change. In The Grandees of Government, Brent Tarter offers an extended commentary based in primary sources on how these undemocratic institutions and ideas arose, and how they were both perpetuated and challenged. Although much literature on American republicanism focuses on the writings of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others, Tarter reveals how their writings were in reality an expression of federalism, not of republican government. Within Virginia, Jefferson, Madison, and others such as John Taylor of Caroline and their contemporaries governed in ways that directly contradicted their statements about representative—and limited— government. Even the democratic rhetoric of the American Revolution worked surprisingly little immediate change in the political practices, institutions, and culture of Virginia. The counterrevolution of the 1880s culminated in the Constitution of 1902 that disfranchised the remainder of African Americans. Virginians who could vote reversed the democratic reforms embodied in the constitutions of 1851, 1864, and 1869, so that the antidemocratic Byrd organization could dominate Virginia’s public life for the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. Offering a thorough reevaluation of the interrelationship between the words and actions of Virginia’s political leaders, The Grandees of Government provides an entirely new interpretation of Virginia’s political history.

Decentralisation within the EU: Committee of the Regions - an undemocratic talking workshop?

Author: Oliver Hedderich
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638517756
Category: Political Science
Page: 7
View: 9501
Essay from the year 2003 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 9 of 10, The Hague University (The Hague School of European Studies), course: European Regional Policy, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The 222 members of the Committee of the Regions are not directly elected by the people. The Council3appoints them for a four year term on proposal of the member states.4Each member state itself decides how to chose the representatives in the CoR: Some of the countries, like Germany, Austria and, to a certain extend, Spain, leave this matter to the regions and the municipalities themselves.5One example, how the representatives can be elected, is to be seen in the German region (Land) Schleswig-Holstein. Like in every German Land, the Landtag, the directly elected regional parliament, decides about the representative in the CoR. In 2001, the members of the parliament voted for minister-president Heide Simonis.6So, the directly elected members of the parliament decided who should represent the people’s interest on the European level. Indirectly, everybody had an influence on the decision by taking part on the regional election. On the other hand, in some states, like France and the United Kingdom, the national government decides about the members of the Committee of the Regions.7In the United Kingdom, the Foreign Office co-ordinates the list of its 24 full and alternate members in the Committee of the Regions. It is able to appoint members form the range of UK local authorities but also from the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland and the Welsh Assembly.8 According to the rules of the CoR, the representatives send to the institution should reflect the political, geographical and regional/local balance in the respective member state.9Although e.g. the UK government says that the political and regional balance are considered when the members of the Committee are appointed10, the regions and municipalities do not have the power to decide on their own who should represent the region’s interest on the European level. Their representative does not necessarily reflect the political colour of the majority in the region when the central government appoints the members of the CoR without having to consider the regions themselves.

Is global governance bound to be undemocratic?

Author: Peter Tilman Schuessler
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638157512
Category: Political Science
Page: 11
View: 4637
Essay from the year 2002 in the subject Politics - International Politics - General and Theories, grade: 17 von 20 (A), University of St Andrews (Department of IR), course: IR 2004, 26 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The answer to this question seems to be very simple. Global governance is bound to be undemocratic because, according to Dahrendorf, Internationalisation “almost invariably means a loss of democracy”1. Why and if this is the case will be examined in this essay. Governance, in contrast to government2, “refers to the process of making collective decisions, [...] in international relations, for example, no world government exists to resolve problems but many issues are resolved by negotiation”3. After a discussion about democracy in this context, the focus will be laid on different global intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), followed by a future outlook over possible future alternative possibilities and restraints. It will be shown that international democratic decision making is not likely to happen. Before entering the discussion, it is necessary to define what the term ́democracy` refers to. Normally it is used in a national context, and even within this context there exist various forms in parallel in neighbouring nations, whose political styles span from governmental to federal, and from one party to multiple party systems. Regarding the international order, which can be seen as a society of states, definition becomes more difficult. A basic definition is offered by the MSN Encarta as follows: “A political system in which the people of a country rule through any form of government they choose to establish”4; but this refers merely to the ́people` and to a permanent institutional idea that does catch the real process. The definition of a “democratic governmental system [which describes] a system of government based on the principle of majority decision-making”5 might suit here better, although it uses the term government instead of governance. Hence a decision in international terms has to be supported by the majority to be called democratic. Yet it is not clear what kind of majority this could be. Is it the majority of states? This implies that each state would have one voice without special rights unlike a veto. However, is this really democratic? This would favour small (in size and population), generally powerless and poor states and put large, populous, generally rich and influential countries at a disadvantage.

Turkey's "Undemocratic Laws."

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Civil rights
Page: 13
View: 2514

Democratic Imperialism

A Practical Guide
Author: Filip Spagnoli
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN: 1904303390
Category: Philosophy
Page: 123
View: 7420
Once you accept that democracy and human rights are universally desirable and that they should be implemented and respected everywhere, the question remains how you can promote this universal respect. It is not because you accept universality that everyone accepts it. How can you turn the norm into a fact? How do you universalise democracy and human rights? And what are the actions you can take and the instruments you can use? This volume expounds a political philosophy which it applies in several key branches of politology, including international law, legislation, international monitoring, regional and global protection mechanisms, education, and seminally, democracy and human rights.

Democrats and Autocrats

Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity Within Democratic Countries
Author: Agustina Giraudy
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198706863
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
View: 3989
Despite the fact that Latin American countries have transitioned to democracy, many citizens residing in peripheral regions continue to live under undemocratic rule. Agustina Giraudy examines how such subnational undemocratic regimes (SURs) continue to persist, arguing that there are multiple pathways for SURs reproduction within democratic countries and that these, in turn, are determined by a specific combination of intergovernmental interactions.


Eine Warnung
Author: Madeleine Albright
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 3832184104
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
View: 2967
»Manche mögen dieses Buch und besonders seinen Titel alarmierend finden. Gut!« MADELEINE ALBRIGHT Weltweit kommt es zu einem Wiedererstarken anti-demokratischer, repressiver und zerstörerischer Kräfte. Die ehemalige amerikanische Außenministerin Madeleine Albright zeigt, welche großen Ähnlichkeiten diese mit dem Faschismus des 20. Jahrhunderts haben. Die faschistischen Tendenzen treten wieder in Erscheinung und greifen in Europa, Teilen Asiens und den Vereinigten Staaten um sich. Albrights Familie stammt aus Prag und floh zweimal: zuerst vor den Nationalsozialisten, später vor dem kommunistischen Regime. Auf Grundlage dieser Erlebnisse und der Erfahrungen, die sie im Laufe ihrer diplomatischen Karriere sammelte, zeichnet sie die Gründe für die Rückkehr des Faschismus nach. Sie identifiziert die Faktoren, die zu seinem Aufstieg beitragen und warnt eindringlich vor den Folgen. Doch Madeleine Albright bietet auch klare Lösungsansätze an, etwa die Veränderung der Arbeitsbedingungen und das Verständnis für die Bedürfnisse der Menschen nach Kontinuität und moralischer Beständigkeit. Sie zeigt, dass allein die Demokratie politische und gesellschaftliche Konflikte mit Rationalität und offenen Diskussionen lösen kann.

Democracy in the Undemocratic State

The German Reichstag Elections of 1898 and 1903
Author: Brett Fairbairn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780802071545
Category: Political Science
Page: 408
View: 8071
In Democracy in the Undemocratic State Brett Fairbairn offers a probing analysis of the pivotal Reichstag campaigns of 1898 and 1903. At the turn of the century the German party system showed signs of stress as the elites who directed the older, more established parties were confronted by the new populist appeals of both left and right. It was in this volatile political climate that the German Social Democratic Party experienced explosive growth. The elections of 1898 and 1903 were the turning points, as nationalists and governments tried to use Germany's new battlefleet and protectionist tariff to rally patriotic voters. However, as Fairbairn demonstrates, it was the opposition of the Social Democratic Party that scuttled the reigning parties' strategies, climaxing in its three million vote victory in 1903. Fairbairn challenges the popular misconception of Imperial Germany as a purely authoritarian state, and raises intriguing questions about how a modern, participatory democratic culture evolved under the undemocratic Kaiserreich. Based on original archival research, this study makes a significant contribution to historiographical debates and our understanding of turn-of-the-century electoral democracy.

Social Rights Under the Constitution

Government and the Decent Life
Author: Cécile Fabre
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191522765
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
View: 6725
The desirability, or lack thereof, of bills of rights has been the focus of some of the most enduring political debates over the last two centuries. Unlike civil and political rights, social rights to the meeting of needs, standardly rights to adequate minimum income, education, housing, and health care are not usually given constitutional protection. This book argues that social rights should be constitutionalized and protected by the courts, and examines when such constitutionalization conflicts with democracy. It is thus located at the crossroads of two major issues of contemporary political philosophy, to wit, the issue of democracy and the issue of distributie justice. Interestingly and surprisingly enough, philosophers who engage in penetrating discussions on distributive justice do not usually reflect on the implications of their argument for democracy; they are met with equal indifference on the part of theorists of democracy. This book stems from the perception that there may be conflicts between the demands of democracy and the demands of distributive justice, both of which are crucially important, and from the resulting recognition that the question of the relationship between these two values cannot be ignored.

Sizing Up the Senate

The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation
Author: Frances E. Lee,Bruce I. Oppenheimer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226470061
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
View: 837
This book raises questions about one of the key institutions of American government, the United States Senate, and should be of interest to anyone concerned with issues of representation.