From Post-democracy to Neo-Democracy

  • Klaus von Beyme

Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 20)

About this book


This book of a renowned political scientist and specialist in political theory fundamentally challenges the new fashion of Post-democracy by offering an outlook on ‘Neo-democracy’. The political periods are similar to epochs in modern art, where ‘neo’ succeeded Post-impressionism and Post-expressionism. This book reviews the topical debate on postdemocracy and scenarios of decline in democratic theory without the alternative of dictatorship. It discusses criticism of politics in the old and new media and a new culture of protest. It addresses new forms of participation and the dangers of populism and right-wing extremism. It proposes institutional reforms of democracy, of the parliamentary system and the party state, in negotiations of coalition-building, in governmental declarations and for the policy output. The book concludes with a debate of normative models of democracy from ‘Post-democracy’ to ‘Neo-democracy’, models of justice and theories of democratic reform.


Political Science Political Theory Democracy Postdemocracy Neo-Democracy

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus von Beyme
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Politische WissenschaftUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66660-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66661-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-4024
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-4032
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