The future of democracy / Ronald M. Glassman.

Glassman, Ronald M., author.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019] , ©2019
xix, 198 pages ; 25 cm
This book focuses on the processes that help stabilize democracy. It provides a socio-historical analysis of the future prospects of democracy. The link between advanced capitalism and democracy is emphasized, focusing on contract law and the separation of the economy from the state. The book also emphasizes the positive effects of the scientific world view on legal- rational authority. Aristotle's theory of the majority middle class and its stabilizing effect on democracy is highlighted. This book describes the face to face democracies of the past in order to give us a better perspective on the high tech democracies of the future, making it appealing to students and academics in the political and social sciences.
Part I. Democracy as a uniquely human political process
Humans in the scientific state of nature
Democracy and despotism in tribal society
City-state democracy in Sumer, Syria and Canaan-Phoenicia
The city-states of Ancient Greece: democracy, science, and legal-rational authority emerge
The kingly-bureaucratic state: the integration of larger political areas
The renaissance city-states of Italy
The northern European city-states unite in leagues with elected representatives
The rational-scientific world-view after the Protestant Reformation
Part II. Democracy in the modern world
Free market capitalism undergirds city-state and nation-state democracy
Four ways free market capitalism reinforces legal-rational democracy
Case studies of socio-political change in some of the developing nations
The resurgence of fascism in the mid-twenty first century
Words vs violence: democratic debate and civility in political discourse
Part III. The future of democracy
The hope for democracy in the near future
High technology mass media as strengthening democracy: immediacy and community in the blogosphere - extremism plus increased citizens' involvement
High technology totalitarianism: the ultimate dystopia; manufactured charisma in the cyberworld
Utopian visions produce both good & bad political policies
Education for democracy in the twenty-first century
Climate change as a challenge to the legitimacy of advanced capitalist democracies
Will artificial intelligence (AI) make democracy irrelevant?
Includes bibliographical references.
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