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Cultures of Democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria - 
      James Dawson

Cultures of Democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria

How Ideas Shape Publics

Starting from the premise that citizens can only uphold the institutions of liberal democracy when they understand and identify with the principles enshrined in them, the author applies normative public sphere theory to the analysis of political discourse and everyday discussion in Serbia and Bulgaria. Les mer
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Starting from the premise that citizens can only uphold the institutions of liberal democracy when they understand and identify with the principles enshrined in them, the author applies normative public sphere theory to the analysis of political discourse and everyday discussion in Serbia and Bulgaria.
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Forlag: Ashgate Publishing Limited
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 224
ISBN: 9781472443083
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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«’Through a comparison of public spheres in Bulgaria and Serbia, this book illustrates the weaknesses of current measurements of democracy. Dawson’s ethnographic approach allows him to demonstrate the counterintuitive conclusion that Serbia has a more solid foundation for liberal democracy than EU member Bulgaria. Of tremendous interest for anyone interested in democratic transitions, democracy promotion, and liberal theory more generally.’ Chip Gagnon, Ithaca College, USA ’There is a troubling gap in the literature on democratic transformations: the cultural dimension of these processes is insufficiently explored and poorly understood. This book fills this gap in the most persuasive manner. Based on an ingeniously conceived ethnography of public spaces, carefully calibrated comparative design, and masterfully collected evidence the author shows that the ranking of political systems based on the formalist criteria, employed for example by Freedom House, is not as conclusive as it is often assumed. A different»

Contents: Preface; The neglect of citizens in the measurement of liberal democracy: an agenda for the application of public sphere theory to Central and Eastern Europe; Liberal institutions, illiberal democracy? The public spheres of Serbia and Bulgaria compared; Political pluralism in the mathematical or the philosophical sense? Comparing the range of discourse in recent Serbian and Bulgarian political history; Publics and counterpublics in Serbia: public sphere pluralism in Nis; Disenchantment without coherence in Bulgaria: the absence of public sphere pluralism in Plovdiv; Conclusion: evaluating democracy through the public sphere; Postscript; Bibliography; Index.
James Dawson lectures at the School of Public Policy, University College London, where he currently serves as Director of MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics.