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The Future of Democracy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Democracy as a Uniquely Human Political Process

  3. Democracy in the Modern World

  4. The Future of Democracy

About this book


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.


Stabilizing Democracy Capitalism and Democracy Democracy and Despotism in Tribal Society Human Political Process Democracy in the Modern World Socio-Political Change in Developing Nations Future of Democracy Global Capitalism Global New Middle Class High Technology Totalitarianism Education for Democracy Separation of the Economy from State Control Enhancing Legal-Rational Authority

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.NYU School of Professional StudiesStern College of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Ronald Glassman, PhD, is a sociologist. He has taught at NYU, Connecticut College, the City University of New York, and William Paterson University. Professor Glassman is a specialist in historical sociology and has authored many books on democracy, including The Origins of Democracy in Tribes, City-States and Nation-States (2 vols.); The Middle Class and Democracy in Socio-Historical Perspective; The New Middle Class and Democracy in Global Perspective; Caring Capitalism; China in Transition: Communism, Capitalism, Democracy; Democracy and Equality; with William Swatos, Jr., Charisma, History, and Social Structure; and other books. Glassman teaches at NYU in the Liberal Studies Program and history courses at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Future of Democracy
  • Authors Ronald M. Glassman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-16110-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-16113-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-16111-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Sociology
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