$19.95 – Available for purchase on June 5th, 2019
Democracy is in crisis. As neo-Nazis, right-wing populists, and authoritarians, old and new, stake their claims around the world, democracy faces its greatest challenge yet. The only way to save it is to change it.
Democracy as we know it is flawed. The three branches of power in liberal democracy—the executive, legislative, and judicial—keep citizens from making decisions about policies that affect them most. For a true democracy to flourish, argue Patrizia Nanz and Claus Leggewie, we need a fourth branch: the consultative.
This short and accessible guide to a new kind of political engagement offers a chronicle of the political past and present—including an important analysis of right-wing populism’s recent and historic allure—and a robust analysis of the accomplishments of protest movements and citizens’ groups. With a rare optimism, which values the wisdom of the masses over the narrow-mindedness of today’s tyrants, this guide is a modern call-to-arms for a more democratic future.
|Introduction to the English Edition|
|Introduction||The consultative as a fourth branch of government – process, mode, institution|
|Chapter 1||Post-democracy? Experiment with democracy!|
|Chapter 2||Process – the best and worst of participatory democracy|
|Chapter 3||The political mode - On the spirit of cooperation|
|Chapter 4||Institution – Future councils as arenas of generational politics|
|Chapter 5||Political participation in virtual spaces|
|Chapter 6||Future councils: a pathway to transnational democracy?|