Democracy Beyond Elections

Government Accountability in the Media Age

  • Gergana┬áDimova

Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Explaining Government Accountability: A Model of Supply and Demand

  3. Evaluating Government Accountability: Methodological Considerations and Empirical Results

  4. Democracy Analyzed Through the Lens of Accountability: Crisis or Transformation?

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 291-339

About this book


This book provides the conceptual and methodological tools for understanding the relationship between media scandals, executive accountability and the crisis of democracy. The author applies these tools to a large original database of allegations and investigations in Russia, Germany and Bulgaria. Observations gained from the case studies are then placed in relation to a systematic analysis and critique of more than 100 models of the transformation and crisis of democracy. The book will be of particular interest to researchers focusing on democratic theory and political thought, as well as those working empirically in the field of democratic systems.

Gergana Dimova is Associate Lecturer in Global Politics at the University of Winchester, UK. She previously was a researcher at Harvard University, USA, and Cambridge University, UK. She is the chair of the UK Political Science Association Anti-Politics Group and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society.


media and democracy Supply of Accountability Public Fragmentation legitimacy forums sovereignty globalisation elections sanctions Germany Russia Putin Bulgaria courts crisis of democracy transformation of democracy deliberative turn participatory turn international turn fragmentation

Authors and affiliations

  • Gergana┬áDimova
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and PoliticsUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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