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Democratic extremism in theory and practice : all power to the people

Author: Paul Lucardie
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Extremism and democracy
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Democracy and extremism are usually considered opposites. We assume our system (in the UK, the USA, The Netherlands etc.) is democratic and extremists try to destroy our system and introduce some kind of dictatorship, if not chaos and anarchy. Yet in many cases, the extremists seem sincere in their attempt to construct a more democratic polity. Hence, they can be called democrats and yet also extremists, in so far
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2013022935
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lucardie
ISBN: 1317934067 9781317934066 1306185157 9781306185158 9781315857558 1315857553 1317934075 9781317934073
OCLC Number: 869526628
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: 1. Definitions of extremism 2. Revolutionary or libertarian municipalism 3. Varieties of radical democracy 4. Radical Democracy in Action I 5. Radical Democracy in Action II 6. Conclusions
Series Title: Extremism and democracy
Responsibility: Paul Lucardie.

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"Democracy and extremism are usually considered opposites. We assume our system (in the UK, the USA, The Netherlands etc.) is democratic and extremists try to destroy our system and introduce some kind of dictatorship, if not chaos and anarchy. Yet in many cases, the extremists seem sincere in their attempt to construct a more democratic polity. Hence, they can be called democrats and yet also extremists, in so far as they strive for a regime with characteristics that are more extreme in a significant sense. This book analyses radical and extreme democratic theories and ideas in their historical context, interlocked with a critical description of historical institutions and experiments that help to evaluate the theories. Cases vary from ancient Athens to recent experiments with citizen juries and citizen assemblies, from the time-honoured Swiss Landsgemeinde to contemporary (and controversial) workers councils in Venezuela and participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre. Among the theorists discussed here are familiar names as well as relatively unknown persons: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx, Murray Bookchin and John Burnheim, William Godwin and Barbara Goodwin, Anton Pannekoek and Heinz Dieterich. Whereas the extreme ideas do not seem to work very well in practice, they do indicate ways we could make existing political systems more democratic. This book will be of interest to students of Politics and Current Affairs as well as inspiration for political activists and reformists"--

"This book analyses radical and extreme democratic theories and ideas in their historical context, interlocked with a critical description of historical institutions and experiments that help to evaluate the theories"--

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