Democracy under Threat: A Crisis of Legitimacy


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This ebook addresses some of the most pressing questions of our time: Is democracy threatened by globalisation? Is the welfare state in different countries under pressure from international trends? Is there a legality crisis in contemporary democracies? Does authoritarianism pose a challenge? What are the effects of high-level migration and rising populism for democracy?

Democracy under Threat: A Crisis of Legitimacy (PDF) builds on a cross-cultural study of democracy conducted by the Transformation Research Unit (TRU) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa for about twenty years. Three of the countries studied – Turkey; South Africa; and Poland – receive individual attention as their respective democracies appear to be the weakest at present. Germany; Chile; South Korea; Sweden; and Taiwan are assessed in their regional contexts. Further insights are achieved by examining the impact on democracy of the global screen culture of the Internet and Television; and by pointing out the lessons democracy should learn from diplomacy to do better in the future. The ebook will appeal to both students and practitioners of democracy as well as the general reader.


Democracy Under Threat: A Crisis of Legitimacy … is a revealing and significant contribution to the current debate on the state of democracy … This volume brings a significant deal of comparative expert and surveys data to bear; but also wisely integrates chapters examining cross-national patterns with valuable case studies concentrating on within-country trends.” — Robert Mattes; South African Journal of International Affairs; Vol. 26 (3); July 08; 2019

‘Is Democracy Dying?’ is debatably the most crucial question facing political scientists today; and Democracy under Threat does an impressive job of explaining what is going on. … Democracy under Threat draws on a plethora of empirical evidence and the understandings of a talented team of researchers to prove that the thesis of a global democratic recession is over-simplified.” — Ronald Inglehart; European Political Science; Vol. 18 (1); March 2019

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Ursula Van Beek


Palgrave Macmillan




344 pages






3319894528; 303007773X


9783319894522/ 9783030077730

Table of contents

Table of contents :
Front Matter ….Pages i-xxx
Front Matter ….Pages 1-1
Globalization, Populism and Legitimacy in Contemporary Democracy (Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann)….Pages 3-21
Temporal Models of Political Development: In General and of Democratization in Particular (Laurence Whitehead)….Pages 23-44
Democratic Quality and Legitimacy in the TRU Countries (Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Ursula Hoffmann-Lange)….Pages 45-90
Front Matter ….Pages 91-91
The Return of Nationalist Ethos: The Loss of Liberal Democracy in Poland? (Ursula van Beek)….Pages 93-120
Identity Politics: Extreme Polarization and the Loss of Capacity to Compromise in Turkey (Yilmaz Esmer)….Pages 121-146
Political Radicalism: Responding to the Legitimacy Gap in South Africa (Nicola de Jager, Cindy Steenekamp)….Pages 147-169
Front Matter ….Pages 171-171
Democratization in Chile: A Long-Run and Comparative Perspective (Laurence Whitehead)….Pages 173-197
Democratic Resilience in South Korea and Taiwan (Joseph Wong)….Pages 199-220
Globalization and Political Legitimacy in Western Europe (Dieter Fuchs, Edeltraud Roller)….Pages 221-251
Front Matter ….Pages 253-253
Globalization and Social Protection: An Economic Perspective (Krige Siebrits)….Pages 255-279
Global Electronic Screen Culture: Legitimacy at Stake? (Pierre du Toit)….Pages 281-299
Lessons for Democracy: Diplomacy to the Rescue? (Christer Jönsson)….Pages 301-318
Front Matter ….Pages 319-319
The Question of Legitimacy in Contemporary Democracies (Ursula van Beek, Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann)….Pages 321-335
Back Matter ….Pages 337-344

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