Democracy under Threat

A Crisis of Legitimacy?

  • Ursula van Beek

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Theoretical Aspects and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann
      Pages 3-21
    3. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Ursula Hoffmann-Lange
      Pages 45-90
  3. Critical Cases

  4. Regional Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Dieter Fuchs, Edeltraud Roller
      Pages 221-251
  5. Global Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Christer Jönsson
      Pages 301-318
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Ursula van Beek, Dieter Fuchs, Hans-Dieter Klingemann
      Pages 321-335
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 337-344

About this book


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

The volume builds on a cross-cultural study of democracy conducted by the Transformation Research Unit (TRU) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa for nearly twenty years. Three of the countries studied – South Africa, Turkey and Poland – receive individual attention as their respective democracies appear to be the most vulnerable at present. Germany, Sweden, Chile, South Korea and Taiwan are assessed in their regional contexts. Further insights are gained by examining the impact on democracy of the global screen culture of Television and the Internet, and by pointing out the lessons democracy should learn from diplomacy to fare better in the future. The book will appeal to both students and practitioners of democracy as well as the general reader.          


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ursula van Beek
    • 1
  1. 1.Transformation Research Unit (TRU), Department of Political ScienceStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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