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Vital Democracy

Frank Hendriks

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199572786
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722370 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572786.001.0001
Vital Democracy

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Vital Democracy outlines a theory of democracy in action, based on four elementary forms of democracy – pendulum, consensus, voter, and participatory democracy – that are thoroughly analysed, compared, and related to both the literature and the real world of democracy. Just as a few primary colours produce an array of shades, a few basic models of democracy appear, the author argues, to constitute a wide range of democratic variants in real life. Focusing on tried and tested democratic institutions, Frank Hendriks shows that the four models of democracy – with their divergent patterns of leadership, citizenship, and governance, their inherent strengths and weaknesses – are never purely instantiated. He argues that wherever democracy is practised with some level of success, it is always as hybrid democracy, thereby challenging those democratic reformers and theorists that have inspired the quest for democratic purity. Vital Democracy builds on Arend Lijphart's well‐known work which distinguishes between majoritarian and consensual democratic countries but also goes well beyond it, urging attention to non‐national, non‐formal, and non‐representative expressions of democracy as well.

Keywords: vital democracy; consensus democracy; pendulum democracy; voter democracy; participatory democracy; citizenship; leadership; political culture; democratic reform; good governance; comparative politics; public administration

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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Opening Debate in Vital Democracy

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Plural Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Layered Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Pendulum Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Consensus Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Voter Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Participatory Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Mixing Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Reforming Democracy in Vital Democracy

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Closing Debate in Vital Democracy

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