Waves of Democracy
Social Movements and Political Change
- John Markoff - University of Pittsburgh, USA
Instead of presenting democracy as an ideal political system that humans only imperfectly realize, John Markoff conceptualizes democracy as something continually being reinvented. Instead of reducing democracy to well-defined and routine practices and institutions such as elections and parliaments, Markoff shows how political movements have repeatedly challenged and remade existing institutions. After reviewing two centuries of political conflict, he concludes with a thoughtful and exciting discussion on what democracy means today and what its future might be.
This contains an interesting range of material in relation to democracy and social movements. I will recommend this as further reading.