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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Creating Political Presence
Author(s):
Dario CastiglioneJohannes Pollak
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226588674.003.0001

The crisis of representative democracy is a commonplace in contemporary political debates. Considered as the dominant political form of the modern constitutional state in advanced industrial societies, representative democracy is increasingly seen as incapable of satisfying the demands of participation, recognition, and governance that come from society at large. Moreover, its institutional machinery is often regarded as inadequate to deal with the greatly intensified speed and complexities of decision-making in the politics of the global age. In different ways, populism and antipolitics, the dominance and personalization of executive power, societal self-regulation, and technocratic power all seem to challenge the traditional institutions, practices, and principles of representative democracy. As suggested by the late Peter Mair (...

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