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Democratic Failure: NOMOS LXIII

Melissa Schwartzberg and Daniel Viehoff


Today we confront the prospect that some of the world’s oldest and most durable democracies may be backsliding, at risk of failure. But how should we conceptualize and measure democratic failure, given the imperfect nature of all existing political regimes? How should we identify those institutions that might be most vulnerable? Democratic Failure draws together leading scholars from philosophy, political science, and law to clarify the key challenges facing democracies, past and present, and to locate the intellectual resources available to actors and institutions under threat. It analyzes pr ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratic failure, democratic backsliding, legitimacy, representation, citizenship, populism, inequality

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479804788
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Schwartzberg, editor
New York University

Daniel Viehoff, editor
New York University

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Melissa Schwartzberg and Daniel Viehoff

Part I Must Democracy Fail?

2 Failing Democracy

Gerald J. Postema

Part II Failures of Representation

4 Representation Failure

Jane Mansbridge

7 Political Parties and Public Policy

Christian Salas, Frances Mccall Rosenbluth, and Ian Shapiro

Part III Failures of Knowledge

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