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The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 34: Democracy and Democratization: Theory and Research
Democracy and Democratization: Theory and Research
Democracy is an essentially contested concept, both in the sense that the notion inspires different normative interpretations and in the sense that different translations of a particular conception into an institutional constellation are possible. Democracy as a political regime – in broad terms understood as the rule of the many rather than the rule of the one or the few – has taken on various meanings over time and is being used with a variety of adjectives (liberal democracy, constitutional democracy, radical democracy, direct democracy, cosmopolitan democracy, global democracy and so on). In addition, democracy can be ...