Saward, Michael ed. (2007). Democracy. Critical Concepts in Political Science. London/New York: Routledge.




This new Routledge Major Work, a four-volume collection of classic and cutting-edge scholarship, is built around the importance of the idea of democracy. It contains much material on democratic institutions, procedures and histories, all of which embodies or interprets the idea of democracy in informative or provocative ways. Materials have been chosen which are strong on theory, but which recognize that a key part of theory’s importance lies in its deep engagement with democratic practice. The main areas covered are:
- classical and pre-twentieth-century theories
- liberal democracy and its critics
- democratic systems, institutions and measures
- democracy around the world
- democratic transitions and transformations
- participative, direct and deliberative democracy
- twenty-first-century challenges to democracy.
Democracy has a full index and a new introduction specially written by the editor.

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