Mobilization, Representation, and Responsiveness in the American Democracy

  • Michael T. Oswald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

  3. Institutions of Democracy and the Democratic Rule

  4. Socio-cultural and Technological Challenges of Democracy

  5. Populism–Polarization–Protest

  6. America and Global Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. John (Jack) M. Thompson
      Pages 263-278
    3. Elena Dück, Bernhard Stahl, Katharina McLarren
      Pages 279-300
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Michael T. Oswald, Elena Broda
      Pages 323-330
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 331-337

About this book


This edited volume investigates America’s  transforming democracy as it faces the challenges and developments of the 21st century—challenges and developments that have brought deep dissatisfaction, cultural fragmentation, and economic indignation. Although political power remains in the hands of the people, a fundamental incapability to compromise has locked policymakers in a permanent stalemate. In this legislative paralysis, grassroots movements build more and more momentum amidst regular protests and civil disobedience. This new political vigor and dynamism is dualistic, portending either a future of falsehoods and authoritarianism or a more empowering and direct form of democracy. This book ultimately seeks to understand how the US government is frantically adjusting to these sharp cultural, technological, and economic changes.


American democracy Democracy mobilization Democratic representation Democratic responsiveness Democratic inequality Democracy viability Democratic partisanship Democratic hegemony Liberal democracy Digital news and democracy Party fragmentation Fake news and democracy US demographic change Trump aesthetics Democracy and Supreme Court America four-party system Democracy future of work Liberal World Order 2018 election German Association for American Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael T. Oswald
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PassauPassauGermany

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