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Democracy and the Public space. Dr Maurice Mullard Malta Lectures . MEANING OF DEMOCRACY. DEMOCRACY IS BOTH AN IS AND AN OUGHT STATEMENT DEMOCRACY AN INTERACTION BETWEEN IDEALS AND REALITY HOPES AND PRAGMATISM – THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

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Democracy and the public space

Democracy and the Public space

Dr Maurice Mullard

Malta Lectures


Meaning of democracy

MEANING OF DEMOCRACY

  • DEMOCRACY IS BOTH AN IS AND AN OUGHT STATEMENT

  • DEMOCRACY AN INTERACTION BETWEEN IDEALS AND REALITY

  • HOPES AND PRAGMATISM – THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE


Defending democracy

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY

  • Social Policy and Welfare States – part of the optimism and the promise

  • Human rights

  • Accountability

  • Political parties


Six broken promises

SIX BROKEN PROMISES

  • PLURALISM - IMPACT OF - ORGANISED INTERESTS AND UNEQUAL ACCESS

  • POLITICAL ARITHMETIC - SHORT TERM EXPEDIENCY THE TYRANNY OF ELECTORAL MAJORITIES

  • SURVIVAL OF OLIGARCHY LEADERS AND ELITES


Broken promises

BROKEN PROMISES

  • INVISIBLE POWER - THE RULE BY NOBODY

  • PASSIVE CITIZEN - CONSUMER SOCIETY

  • LIMITED SPACES FOR DEMOCRACY - LOCAL GOVERNMENT, BUREAUCRACY, PROFESSIONALS


Problems with democracy

PROBLEMS WITH DEMOCRACY

  • How do we read the history of democracy

  • Born of struggles – hopes and optimism

  • To challenge elite power

  • That politics does matter


Disillusionments

DISILLUSIONMENTS

  • OLIGARCHY – ELITES

  • GLOBAL BUSINESS ELITES – DISTORT DEMOCRACY FINANCE FOR POLITICAL PARTIES

  • BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT

  • INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION IN THE POLICY PROCESS


The passive consumer citizen

THE PASSIVE CONSUMER CITIZEN

  • FROM PUBLIC TO CITIZEN AS CONSUMER

  • POLITICS AND THE MEDIA

  • THE LOSS OF IDEOLOGY

  • THE NEW ANTI POLITICS


Post democracy

Post democracy

  • Political vacuum the emergence of new social movements

  • New technologies blogging – the internet

  • The sound bite politics

  • Surveillance and the State


Political images

POLITICAL IMAGES

  • Passivity and legitimacy

  • New Elites and income inequalities

  • Politics represent views

  • End of collectivism and class struggles


The hopes of democracy

THE HOPES OF DEMOCRACY

  • SITE - GUARANTEES DIVERSITY AND PLURALITY

  • AN ON-GOING PROJECT -

  • REDUCE ARBITRARY DECISIONS

  • PUTS LIMITS ON POWER - CHECKS AND BALANCES

  • RECOGNISE DIFFERENCE AND OPPOSITION


Hopes for the future

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

  • IT IS NEVER THE END OF HISTORY- THE IDEA OF THE MULTITUDE

  • RELEARNING HISTORIES

  • PROCESS NOT CAUSE AND EFFECT

  • NEED TO STAY THE COURSE


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