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Allison Abra

7 Dancing democracy in wartime Britain I n November 1945, only a few months after the Second World War had drawn to a close, a writer for the magazine Britannia and Eve remarked, ‘Future historians may say that Global War gave dancing and dance music a new lease of life … Wherever the fighting men of air, sea or land camped down, and girls were to be got, they organised a weekly dance. There was more dancing in the war than in normal peace time years.’1 A few years later, Victor Silvester echoed these words about the profusion of dancing in wartime, writing in

in Dancing in the English style
The theoretical justification for citizen involvement
Matt Qvortrup

1 The political theory of direct democracy: the theoretical justification for citizen involvement Since the French Revolution and certainly for the better part of the past 100 years, representative democracy has been the norm. Joseph Schumpeter – an economist and political theorist – summed up the prevailing view in his acclaimed book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy: [Democracy does] not mean and cannot mean that the people actually rule in any obvious sense of the terms ‘people’ and ‘rule.’ Democracy means only that the people have the opportunity of

in Direct democracy
Katherine Fierlbeck

In acting to promote democratization, the United Nations is not trying to persuade States to imitate others or borrow extraneous political forms or to democratize simply to please certain Western States. On the contrary, and I should like to repeat this here, no one has a monopoly on democracy

in Globalizing democracy
Democratic discourse and the Chartist challenge
Peter Gurney

4 ‘Yours in the cause of Democracy’: democratic discourse and the Chartist challenge At Sheffield in late June 1842, a crowd of perhaps 50,000 mourners attended the public funeral of the twenty-seven-year-old Chartist militant Samuel Holberry, who had died of tuberculosis in a squalid cell at York Castle after serving two years of a four-year sentence for his alleged involvement in an armed uprising. The immense crowd wept as George Julian Harney delivered a moving graveside oration. Harney praised the moral and intellectual qualities of this ‘heroic patriot

in Wanting and having
Matt Qvortrup

what we call “democracy on demand”. Thus, it is in this context of the ubiquitous individualised shopping lists, that we should see the demand for more referendums and the like. For political parties – and the system of representative government – is in many ways characteristic of the old system of one-size-fits-all; the system under which we were content with package deals, under

in Democracy on demand
Hugh Atkinson

4 Local democracy at the formal level Introduction This chapter will focus on the so-called ‘crisis of formal democracy’ at the local level. First, the decline of political parties in terms of membership, activism, resources and public regard will be considered. The factors in this decline will be analysed, together with possible solutions for a reinvigorated local party politics and the key role this might play in boosting civic engagement and democracy. Second, attention will be given to the perceived problem of declining electoral turnout at the local level

in Local democracy, civic engagement and community
Kevin Hickson

11 The continuing relevance of Croslandite social democracy Kevin Hickson The aim of this chapter is to argue that as social democrats look for an alternative to the New Labour/Third Way approach, as they inevitably must do given the rather moderate nature of many areas of domestic policy since 1997 and given the current economic crisis (leaving aside the disastrous foreign policy adventures of the Blair years, notably of course Iraq), we could find a number of relevant ideas in the British social democratic tradition, specifically in the work of Tony Crosland

in In search of social democracy
Ewa Płonowska Ziarek

5302P Democracy MUP-PT/lb.qxd 23/10/09 16:09 Page 262 12 Dissensus, ethics and the politics of democracy Ewa Płonowska Ziarek ‘Which ethics for democracy?’, asks Chantal Mouffe, in her article of the same title (2000: 85–94). The numerous answers to this crucial question are mostly characterized by a seemingly irreparable split between obligation and antagonism in political life.1 In fact, responsibility for the Other constitutes one of the main blind spots in most political theories of antagonism, such as Foucault’s, Deleuze’s or Laclau’s and Mouffe

in Democracy in crisis
Lennart J. Lundqvist

2579Ch6 12/8/03 11:55 AM Page 148 6 Democracy and ecological governance – a balancing act Sustainability and democracy: a political dilemma Legitimising the balance between sustainability and autonomy; the need for democratic politics As pointed out in Chapter 1, this book builds on the normative argument that ecologically rational governance must strive for sustainability within the limits set by democracy and individual autonomy. The relationship among these values is quite complex. On the one hand, effective and in the longer term successful ecological

in Sweden and ecological governance
James Bohman

MCK6 1/10/2003 10:26 AM Page 111 6 Reflexive toleration in a deliberative democracy James Bohman Any feasible ideal of democracy must face the unavoidable social fact that the citizenry of a modern state is heterogeneous along a number of intersecting dimensions, including race, class, religion and culture. If that ideal is also deliberative, and thus requires that citizens commit themselves to making decisions according to reasons they believe are public, then such diversity raises the possibility of deep and potentially irresolvable conflicts. When

in The culture of toleration in diverse societies