Latest Open Access Issue of Democratic Theory (Vol. 9, Issue 1)

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Volume 9, Issue 1



Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil



Televised Election Debates in a Deliberative System: The Role of Framing and Emotions

Emma Turkenburg


A Radical Democratic Lens to Rejuvenating European Union Democracy Support: Thinking about the Political with a Capital P

Nathan Vandeputte


What Can a Political Form of Reconciliation Look Like in Divided Societies?: The Deliberative “Right to Justification” and Agonistic Democracy

Burcu Özçelik


Critical Commentary

The Rise of Despotic Majoritarianism

Benjamin Abrams


Review Essays

Beyond Deliberative Systems: Pluralizing the Debate

Hans Asenbaum


Democracy, Ethics, and Neoliberalism in Latin America

Juan M. del Nido


Book Reviews

Dominik Austrup, Marion Repetti, Andreas Avgousti, Th. W. Bottelier, and Antonin Lacelle-Webster


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Some interesting essay materials; the discussion of DeTocqueville as a model for explaining current trends in historical developments by governments and peoples is particularly a view worth additional considerations.

Modern societies and government systems might well be said to need 21st Century laws for a 21st Century world. What does this mean in speicifics remains much a matter to consider in terms of the political principles and political practices being offered to people and upon which people need to base their choices in leaderships and leaders as political life. Fundamental to that is education and practice of Democracy and agreements upon what Democracy is and is not. IF the wrong choices are made, and this underpins the need for a values system capable of realizing what Democracy requires to function as a practical way of life, then manipulations of terminologies and government systems remain an open reality.
Will there ever be an agreed understanding upon the meaning of Truth as reality ? Outright frauds and deceits, antiquated laws and institutions upholding irrelevant laws serve only to prevent and obstruct realizations to 'true' Democracy. Substantive Democracy requires attentions be paid to the substantive life required to make Democracy a 'real' world
endurance and way of conducting both government and peoples lives.
Further exploration seems very much in need.
Wyatt Reader MA
UCLA/Whittier College
California Community Colleges//Instructor-Life
Political Science
US Govt. ret.