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The ends of democracy

Introduction Today, more than half of the world's population lives in a democracy. Paradoxically, at a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Under the double-edged heading "The ends of democracy", we have collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one actually starts to wonder if it has a future at all, but also those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy and make clear its purpose – its ends. [ more ]

 

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS

Ivan Krastev

The transparency delusion

Trust Disillusionment with democracy founded on mistrust of business and political elites has prompted a popular obsession with transparency. But the management of mistrust cannot remedy voters' loss of power and may spell the end for democratic reform. [ more ]

01.02.2013

Read also Ivan Krastev on The global politics of protest

Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty

Dynamics of inequality

A conversation with Thomas Piketty

Economy At the heart of every great democratic revolution there was a fiscal revolution, argues Thomas Piketty. And the same will be true of the future. Only a global register of financial assets and a progressive global tax on capital can keep global wealth concentration in check. [Catalan version added] [ more ]

02.07.2014
Ivaylo Ditchev

Democracy "live"

Media The marketization of the media combines with digital technology to create a political order determined by public opinion, writes Ivaylo Ditchev. For political decision-making, the question whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback. [Swedish version added] [ more ]

14.09.2010
Szabolcs Pogonyi

After democratic transition

Social change Will democracy in east-central Europe survive the economic crisis? Are democratic institutions and the middle classes strong enough to counter the authoritarian Left and Right? The real test for east-central European democracies is yet to come, writes Szabolcs Pogonyi. [Russian version added] [ more ]

12.12.2013
Claus Leggewie, Harald Welzer

Can democracies deal with climate change?

climate Trust in the ability of political elites to deal with the eco-social consequences of climate change is evaporating. Reaching eco-political targets calls for more participation of citizens as active architects of their society, write Claus Leggewie and Harald Welzer. [ more ]

21.11.2008
Ingolfur Blühdorn

The sustainability of democracy

On limits to growth, the post-democratic turn and reactionary democrats

environment Emancipation, the central demand of democracy, has come to mean liberation from restrictive social and ecological imperatives. Before proposing radical participatory solutions we need to ask how democracy itself serves the politics of unsustainability, argues Ingolfur Blühdorn. [ more ]

11.07.2011
Tomas Kavaliauskas

Salvation fantasies

dilemma '89 No one in eastern central Europe suspected that once the fight for independence was won, democracy would become a parody of itself, writes Tomas Kavaliauskas. Open disrespect for the public jars with the ideals of the Baltic Way that existed before and after 1989. [ more ]

09.09.2009
Slawomir Sierakowski, Charles Taylor

The de-politicization of politics

Conversation The challenge for a liberal democracy is to remain as such, argues Charles Taylor in conversation with Slawomir Sierakowski. Western democracies suffer from two key flaws: a misperception of really existing problems and a lack of vital tension between the demos and the government. [ more ]

10.11.2011
Stephen Holmes

Goodbye future?

control Structural problems in conventional democracies are alienating citizens worldwide, writes Stephen Holmes. Political marketing, cross-party compromise and elite withdrawal threaten to rob democracy of its original role as instrument of justice. [Russian version added] [ more ]

21.11.2012
Vincent de Coorebyter

Parting ways

The crisis of the democratic system

politics The path of never-ending compromise has led traditional political parties into a cul-de-sac, writes political scientist Vincent de Coorebyter. They shall have to completely break with their old ways if the alienation that thrives in the ruins of representative democracy is to be overcome. [ more ]

15.10.2014
 

Modes of democracy: Representation and participation

Nilüfer Göle

Public space democracy

Turkey As democratic imaginaries linked to new protest movements circulate globally, Nilüfer Göle reassesses relations between the public sphere and democracy; and shows how the Gezi Park movement has used public space as a site for the rehearsal of new forms of citizenship. [ more ]

29.07.2013
Helen Margetts

The unpredictability of politics in the age of social media

New media Social media extend the range of participatory acts open to citizens. The result can be unpredictable leaderless mobilizations involving massive numbers of small donations of time and effort. And although the vast majority fail absolutely, a few succeed dramatically. [ more ]

12.12.2013
Nadia Urbinati

Between hegemony and mistrust

Representative democracy in the Internet era

technology Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the impact of Beppe Grillo's blog on Italian politics reveal how "Internet democracy" has opened a new phase of democratic innovation. The relationship between citizens and politicians may never be the same again. [Italian version added] [ more ]

09.09.2013
Hartmut Elsenhans

Democratic revolution, bourgeois revolution, Arab revolution

The political economy of a possible success

Arab Spring If the democratic revolutions are to succeed in the Maghreb and Middle East, these nations must find a way of copying East Asia's economic success. The central element is access to the economic fundamentals that will allow citizens to become true democrats. [ more ]

08.02.2012
Katajun Amirpur

Islam and democracy

The history of an approximation

democratic post-Islamism In Iran, official revolutionary dogma has obliged "post-Islamist" philosophers to think long and hard about Islam's compatibility with democracy. Katajun Amirpur puts contemporary Iranian thinking on religion and politics in the context of Khomeini-era anti-westernism. [ more ]

19.12.2011
Magnus Wennerhag

The politics of the global movement

global activism In an extract from his book "Social Movement", Swedish sociologist Magnus Wennerhag argues that the global justice movement differs from the '68 protests in being more political and aimed at international institutions and a globalized democracy. [ more ]

02.05.2008
Claus Leggewie, Patrizia Nanz

The future council

New forms of democratic participation

citizen participation Decisions on large-scale infrastructure projects and sustainable energy development must draw on dialogue-based processes. "Future councils" can provide a basis for political identity and clarify the implications that large infrastructure projects have at a local level. [German version added] [ more ]

20.08.2013
Benoît Derenne, Dave Sinardet, David Van Reybrouck, Francesca Vanthielen

G1000 Manifesto

deliberative democracy If the politicians can't find a solution, let the citizens. On 11 November 2011, one thousand Belgian citizens were brought together to discuss the future of their country. Eurozine publishes the manifesto of a pathbreaking experiment in deliberative democracy. [ more ]

02.11.2011

Read also: Paul Th. Grosjean's "A thousand people for democracy"

 

DEMOCRACIES IN FOCUS

Gábor Halmai

Towards an illiberal democracy

Hungary's new constitution

hungary Hungary's new constitution contradicts European standards on numerous counts: it sets in stone government policy; it is biased towards "ethnic" Hungarians; and it undermines the independence of regulatory institutions including the constitutional court and media. [ more ]

25.01.2012
Osman Deniztekin

When the feet become the head

Gezi and its aftermath

Turkey Widespread calls for the resignation of those responsible for the police brutality in Gezi Park prompted Erdogan to retort at the time: "Since when have the feet become the head?" Such rhetoric leaves Osman Deniztekin deeply concerned for the state of democracy in Turkey. [Hungarian version added] [ more ]

11.09.2013
Iryna Vidanava

Living in the matrix

Belarus In Belarus, the digital dissident generation born in 2006 came of age during the political and economic crisis of 2011, writes Iryna Vidanava. However, bridging the gap between virtual and real-life activism remains one of the most serious challenges facing Belarus' democratic movement. [German version added] [ more ]

08.11.2013

Read also: Iryna Vidanava's "Scenes from the battlefield"

Peter Pomerantsev

Cracks in the Kremlin matrix

Russia Peter Pomerantsev enters the matrix of managed democracy that underpins postmodern dictatorship in Russia. He discovers a society of pure spectacle where, amid fake parties, fake opposition, fake scandals and fake action, political technologists turn (almost) everything into PR. [German and Ukrainian versions added] [ more ]

14.06.2013
Ivan Krastev

Is China more democratic than Russia?

Russia Power rotation, listening to the people, tolerance of dissent, recruitment of elites and experimentation: the truth is that, in all of these respects, China is more democratic than Russia. And China's decision making is undoubtedly superior too, argues Ivan Krastev. [ more ]

13.08.2013

Read also: Rein Müllerson's response to Ivan Krastev

Francesco M. Biscione

Italian democracy and its opponents

Italy As Berlusconi settled back into office as prime minister in 2009, Francesco Biscione revisited the history of Italian democracy. He reveals the continuous presence throughout the postwar period of an "underground Italy", far removed from the principles of the republican constitution. [ more ]
14.07.2009

Ramin Jahanbegloo

The Green Movement and nonviolent struggle in Iran

Iran The Green Movement in Iran was triggered by rigged presidential elections in June 2009. Ramin Jahanbegloo shows how this provided the Iranian people with an opportunity not only to defend the few democratic rights they had, but to lay new foundations for a truly democratic Iran. [ more ]
05.09.2012

 

BEYOND BORDERS: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY

Claus Leggewie

Transnational citizenship

Ideals and European realities

citizenship It is time for social science and political actors to acknowledge a paradigm shift from international to transnational relations, writes Claus Leggewie. For a new form of world politics is emerging, based on citizenship (and governance) beyond the nation-state. [ more ]

19.02.2013
Claus Offe

Two-and-a-half theories

Post-democracy in the age of global financial markets

Democratization Beyond short-lived mass protests and a further swelling of the ranks of the popular right, the democratization of democracy is still possible, contends Claus Offe. But not if political life remains locked within the "prison of the market". [Russian version added] [ more ]

22.11.2013

Read also: Claus Offe's"Europe in the trap"

Jan-Werner Müller

On the side of democracy

Should Brussels intervene in EU member states?

EU intervention Brussels is not empowered to be a policeman for liberal democracy in Europe. Not yet. But should it be? Following recent developments in Hungary and Romania, Jan-Werner Müller argues that it is legitimate for Brussels to interfere in member states as a democracy watchdog. [ more ]

03.05.2013

Read also: Jan-Werner Müller revisits democracy protection

Almantas Samalavicius, Immanuel Wallerstein

New world-system?

A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein

social change At some point, there is a tilt; there always is. Then we shall settle down into our new historical system. Wallerstein foresees one of two possibilities: more hierarchy, exploitation and polarization; or a system that has never yet existed, based on relative democracy and equality. [Russian version added] [ more ]

08.02.2013
Nancy Fraser, Alfredo Gomez-Muller, Gabriel Rockhill

Global justice and the renewal of critical theory

A dialogue with Nancy Fraser

Counterpublics Nancy Fraser argues against limiting democratic participation to claims-making in the official political arena of the state: for the subaltern counterpublics struggling for political voice are changing the boundaries and the meaning of democratic participation.[ more ]
21.04.2009

Harold James

The Swiss model

Switzerland Harold James advocates scaling up small country democracy, if the members of the European Union are ever to succeed in settling upon a working model of democracy. He explains why the Swiss model of "Konkordanzdemokratie" has much to offer. [ more ]

26.02.2013
Göran Rosenberg

A pluralist democracy

power sharing The democracies of today can remain democracies only if they are able to negotiate pluralism and communality, conflict and justice, rationality and identity. Federation is a possible response to this challenge, writes Göran Rosenberg. [ more ]

27.11.2001
 

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The public sphere in the making
The public sphere is not something given; it is made ? over and over again. But which actors are involved and what roles do they play? Is there a difference between an intellectual and an expert? And in which media or public space does the debate take place? [ more ]

Russia in global dialogue
There is an urgent need for re-engagement between Russia's debate on the directions of the world and Europe's debate on the choices that Russia faces. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" is an attempt to answer this need. [ more ]

Hungary in focus
In recent years, Hungary has been a constant concern for anyone interested in European politics. Ahead of elections in 2014, we present articles published in Eurozine on recent developments in Hungary and broader issues relating to Hungarian politics, history and culture. [ more ]

Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities
Harbour cities as places of immigration and emigration, inclusion and exclusion, develop distinct modes of being that not only reflect different cultural traditions and political and social self-conceptions, but also contain economic potential and communicate how they see themselves as part of the larger structure that is "Europe". [ more ]

The EU: Broken or just broke?
Brought on by the global economic recession, the eurocrisis has been exacerbated by serious faults built into the institutional structure of the monetary union. The non-existence of centralized political control over the European economy combined with lack of democratic legitimacy sets in motion processes that are undermining European solidarity. [ more ]

European histories (2): Concord and conflict
In recent years, the possibility of a "grand narrative" that includes both East and West in a common European story has been discussed intensely. In a new Focal Point, Eurozine seeks to broaden the question beyond the East-West historical divide. How are contested interpretations of historical and recent events made active in the present, both uniting and dividing European societies? [ more ]

Changing media – Media in change
Media-technological developments are causing a fundamental re-structuring of the newspaper and book publishing sectors. Yet media change is about more than just the "newspaper crisis" and the iPad: property law, privacy, free speech and the functioning of the public sphere are all affected. [ more ]

Media landscapes: Western Europe
Despite the Internet's growing significance as vehicle of freedom of expression, public service broadcasting and the press will remain for some time the visible face of the watchdog on power. In western Europe, the traditional media need to prove they are still capable of performing this role. [ more ]

The bonfire of the universities
The uni's burning! The slogan was everywhere in the German-speaking space in 2008, as the protests at the University of Vienna set off a wave of similar strikes, first at Austrian universities, then beyond: in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Zürich... 2009/10 saw further protests at universities in Athens, Zagreb, Marseilles and London. Eurozine surveys a debate enflaming (not only) Europe. [ more ]

Climate of change?
Social agreement about the necessity of radical ecological change may be unprecedented, yet rhetoric and reality go their separate ways. As ambitions for a legally-binding agreement at the Copenhagen recede, serious doubts arise about the efficacy of multilateral climate deals and the assumptions behind cap-and-trade.[ more ]

Dilemma 89
Twenty years after 1989, most former communist states in central and eastern Europe are members of the EU. Yet the transition from closed to open societies is far from "complete". '89 not only historic moment of liberation, but also political and social dilemma for the present day. [ more ]

Media landscapes: Central and Eastern Europe
Those in central and eastern Europe who in '89 took the commitment to free expression seriously, who saw the media as the handmaiden of democracy and the conventional watchdog on political and commercial power, today have become targets for new and subtler forms of censorship. [ more ]

The malady of infinite aspiration?
Sound in principle or sick at heart? Articles on the financial crisis, compiled under Durkheim's memorable phrase. Including: Jacques Rupnik, Ralf Dahrendorf, Daniel Daianu, Mircea Vasilescu, Heiner Flassbeck, Olivier Mongin. [ more ]

Olympic indifference
The Beijing Olympics 2008 are unusual insofar as not one country has boycotted them. This, despite the fact that the political dimension of the Games has seldom been more controversial. Are we seeing a new kind of "Olympic indifference"? With this in mind, Eurozine compiles articles on sport, politics, and protest. [ more ]

Shared space, divided society
Migration is part of modern society, meaning more and more people of different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds live together in Europe. The multitude of perspectives and experiences represents an enormous resource, but as cultural conflicts inherent in today's urban societies become visible, doubts are also raised about the value of diversity. [ more ]

1968: Beyond soixante-huite
Forty years on, the differences between the 1968 uprisings in western and eastern Europe move into ever sharper focus. "In retrospect, the great event of '68 in Europe was not Paris, but Prague. But we were unable to see this at the time." Including articles on '68 in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, France and West Germany. [ more ]

Illiberal Europe?
Parliament or the soapbox? Populist politics are enjoying renewed success in Europe, above all in the former socialist countries. Ivan Krastev, G.M.Tamas, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jacques Rupnik and others investigate the rise of "democratic illiberalism". [ more ]

Cultural citizenship
The concept of cultural citizenship responds to the multicultural context of contemporary societies, in which the concern with equality is increasingly being complemented with a concern with difference. Contributors include Gerard Delanty, Axel Honneth, Rainer Bauböck, Ivaylo Ditchev, Charles Taylor, Rada Ivekovic, António Sousa Ribeiro. [ more ]

Decentring Europe
Any reinvention of the concept of Europe that takes into account the complexities inherent in Europe's place in a globalized world must contain a critique of Eurocentrism. Learning from the South, i.e. absorbing the full critical impact of alternative approaches may be a key element in the rethinking – and unthinking – of "Europe".[ more ]

The future of war
Are wars that are fought between nations a thing of the past, and are the future challenges more a case of ethnic strife, break-up of failed states, secession and civil wars? In a special focal point, Eurozine analyzes the changing face of warfare in the twenty-first century, in which terrorism and new security threats have profoundly transformed the way wars are conducted. [ more ]

The city as stage for social upheaval
From the western European city to the Third World megacity, one is able to observe how a single principle asserts itself in the social structure of the urban space. That principle – privatization – is geared towards the concentration of wealth and assets on an increasingly global scale, a manoeuvre its beneficiaries seek to naturalize. [ more ]

Big Brother goes global
Post 9/11, governments are increasingly tailoring "international standards" to ratify domestic policies that intrude on civil liberties. Welcome to the phenomenon of "policy laundering". [ more ]

Changing Europe
As political Europe turns 50, the questions about its future are as open as ever. A special focus featuring some of Eurozine's most outstanding contributions on the European project: From analyses of the current crisis to a hilarious parody of Brussels' literary ambitions. [ more ]

Europe talks to Europe: Towards a European public sphere?
The European integration project has made the discussion about transnational spaces for cultural and political debate acute. Can there at all be a common Europe without a pan-European public sphere? [ more ]

Politics of border making and (cross-)border identities
Have borders become irrelevant with the project of a united Europe? No, just the opposite. On the dilemmas of border building and cross-border cooperation in the EU and its neighbourhood. [ more ]

Documenta 12 magazines
Eurozine is participating in the Documenta 12 magazines project, which links over 90 print and on-line periodicals worldwide. Read Eurozine's contributions to the documenta leitmotifs "Modernity" and "Bare Life" here.[ more ]

Freedom of speech and the Danish cartoon controversy
Free speech is a fundamental human right and a central tenet of democracy. Or is it? Reactions to the Danish cartoon controversy show that liberals are re-evaluating what the right to free speech entails. [ more ]

Politics of translation
Translation today is as much about the translation of cultural, political, and historical contexts and concepts as it is about language. [ more ]

 

Focal points     click for more

Debating solidarity in Europe

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In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, questions of inequality and solidarity have become intertwined. Over the past year, however, questions of solidarity have also been central in connection to the treatment of refugees and migrants. [more]

Ukraine: Beyond conflict stories

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Follow the critical, informed and nuanced voices that counter the dominant discourse of crisis concerning Ukraine. A media exchange project linking Ukrainian independent media with "alternative" media in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. [more]

Russia in global dialogue

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In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

Ukraine in European dialogue

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/focalpoints/ukrainedialogue.html
Post-revolutionary Ukrainian society displays a unique mix of hope, enthusiasm, social creativity, collective trauma of war, radicalism and disillusionment. Two years after the country's uprising, the focal point "Ukraine in European dialogue" takes stock. [more]

Culture and the commons

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Across Europe, citizens are engaging in new forms of cultural cooperation while developing alternative and participatory democratic practices. The commons is where cultural and social activists meet a broader public to create new ways of living together. [more]

2016 Jean Améry Prize collection

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To coincide with the awarding of the 2016 Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing, Eurozine publishes essays by authors nominated for the prize, including by a representative selection of Eurozine partner journals. [more]

The politics of privacy

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The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe

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The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

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The Eurozine conference 2016 in Gdańsk framed the general topic of solidarity with a focus on mobilizing for the commons. The event took place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk and thus linked contemporary debate to the history of a broad, non-violent, anti-communist social movement which has started in the city's shipyard in 1980. [more]

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