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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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