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Democracy, agency, and the state : theory with comparative intent

Author: Guillermo A O'Donnell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Oxford studies in democratization.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author argues that conceptions of 'the state' and 'democracy', and their respective defining features, significantly influence each other. Historical and analytically, this relationship is traced through the idea of legally sanctioned and backed agency which grounds democratic citizenship. He distinguishes four constitutive dimensions: bureaucracy, legality, focus of collective identity, and filter. Also  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Guillermo A O'Donnell
ISBN: 9780199587612 0199587612
OCLC Number: 528397511
Description: 264 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The democratic regime (or political democracy), and citizenship as agency --
Agency : origins, concomitants, and expansion --
The state : definition, dimensions, and historical emergence --
The varying referents of the state : nation, people, citizenry --
The state as law : contributions and ambivalences --
The multiple faces of the state and its underlying unity --
Dialogics, agency, and democracy --
An overview of Latin America --
Social context, options, and convergences --
The conundrums of globalization and legal pluralism.
Series Title: Oxford studies in democratization.
Responsibility: Guillermo O'Donnell.

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One of the pioneers of democratization studies presents the culmination of a lifetime's study in the form of a far-reaching and profound analysis of the relationship between the state and democracy.  Read more...

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As one of the preeminent scholars on democracy and democratization, O'Donnell (emer., Notre Dame Univ.) provides a historical, comparative, and multi-disciplinary analysis of the nuances found in Read more...

 
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