An Interdisciplinary Journal
Aims & Scope
Editors: Mark Chou, Australian Catholic University
Jean-Paul Gagnon, Australian Catholic University
Associate Editors: Selen A. Ercan, University of Canberra
George Vasilev, La Trobe University
NEW IN 2014!
Democratic Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn. It encourages philosophical and interdisciplinary contributions that critically explore democratic theory – in all its forms. Spanning a range of views, the journal offers a crossdisciplinary forum for diverse theoretical questions to be put forward and systematically examined. It advances non-Western as well as Western ideas and is actively based on the premise that there are many forms of democracies and many types of democrats.
As a forum for debate, the journal challenges theorists to ask and answer the perennial questions that plague the field of democratisation studies:
- Why is democracy so prominent in the world today?
- What is the meaning of democracy?
- Will democracy continue to expand?
- Are current forms of democracy sufficient to give voice to ‘the people’ in an increasingly fragmented and divided world?
- Who leads in democracy?
- What types of non-Western democratic theories are there?
- Should democrats always defend democracy?
- Should democrats be fearful of de-democratization, post democracies and the rise of hybridized regimes?
For too long, the discourse of democracy has been colonized and predetermined by the West. Now more than ever there is a need to globalize – and by extension democratize – how we think about democracy: Democratic Theory provides the means for these essential debates to germinate and develop.
Subjects: Political Theory
Volume 1, Issue 1
Why Democratic Theory?
Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon
The Swindle of Democracy in the Neoliberal University and the Responsibility of Intellectuals
Henry A. Giroux
The Role of Schools in the Rise of Egalitarian Political Culture
What Should the Citizen Know about Politics? Two Approaches to the Measurement of Political Knowledge
Representing Nature and Contemporary Democracy
Robyn Eckersley with Jean-Paul Gagnon
David Runciman, The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present
Review by Jack Corbett
Todd Landman, Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals
Review by Tezcan Gumus
Volume 1, Issue 2
SPECIAL ISSUE: The Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy?
The Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy?
Selen A. Ercan and Jean-Paul Gagnon
IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?
Is There a Crisis of Democracy?
The “Democracy-Politics Paradox”: The Dynamics of Political Alienation
Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans
What Is the Nature of the Crisis of Democracy and What Can We Do About It
Crisis of Democracy? Recognizing the Democratic Potential of Alternative Forms of Political Participation
Brendan McCaffrie and Sadiya Akram
WHICH CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY?
Family Squabbles: Beyond the Conflict-Consensus Divide
Henrik P. Bang
Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them: Why Politicians Matter
Can Democracy Survive the Rise of Surveillance Technology?
Deliberative Democracy: Bringing the System Back In
Citizen Forums in the Deliberative System
WHICH DEMOCRACY IS IN CRISIS?
The Contemporary Crisis of Representative Democracy
Participation without Deliberation: The Crisis of Venezuelan Democracy
Niggling New Democracies in the Age of Individualization in Japan
Tetsuki Tamura and Yasuko Kobayashi
Forms of Political Participation Used within Forest Certification
Failure in Representation at the Local Government Level?: A Case Study