Thinking about Democracy: Power Sharing and Majority Rule in Theory and Practice by Arend LijphartArend Lijphart is one of the worlds leading and most influential political scientists whose work has had a profound impact on the study of democracy and comparative politics.
Thinking about Democracy draws on a lifetimes experience of research and publication in this area and collects together for the first time his most significant and influential work. The book also contains an entirely new introduction and conclusion where Professor Lijphart assesses the development of his thought and the practical impact it has had on emerging democracies.
This volume will be of enormous interest to all students and scholars of democracy and comparative politics, and politics and international relations in general.
Democratic Theory and Practice
As populism and far-right politics spreads across the Western political sphere, we live in a time where our current way of life is being threatened. In countries like the United Kingdom, the idea of abiding by fundamental democratic ethics and regulations is entwined in our jargon and way of thinking. The notion of living in an autocracy or dictatorship are only reserved for countries in distant lands. On 12 September , the European Parliament voted to start the process of sanctions against Hungary as the Orban administration - described as moving the country towards an autocracy - created harsh anti-immigration laws against EU norms. This highlights the complexities of the role and structures of democracy, and the safeguards that need to be put into place to protect it.
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A mericans have never quite made up their minds regarding Thomas Jefferson. In times of national danger they have instinctively turned to him for inspiration and renewed faith in democratic principles. His own supreme confidence in common men and in their capacity to govern themselves wisely seems to justify all of the inefficient blundering which has produced the trouble and to prove American ways the most practical and most pleasant for all mankind. But periods of danger have been few, and they have usually passed without grave national injury. American skies have been remarkably fair; her outside enemies weak or absent. Most of the time her citizens have wanted only to be left alone that they might pursue happiness according to their own conceptions.
An overwhelming majority of democracies, no matter how the concept of democracy is defined, restrict the religious practices and institutions of minority religions, substantially support religion, and give de jure and de facto preferences to a single religion or a few religions. Political secularism as an ideology is not as influential in the practical politics of democratic states as many believe. An important question is whether political secularism is the best model for democracy or whether the best models are those that integrate state support for religion with checks and balances that protect religious freedom. Keywords: political secularism , democracy , liberalism , state-supported religion , official religion. He is the Director of the Religion and State Project.
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