Industrialized Democracies CHAPTER THREE
Thinking About Democracy • Key Questions • How did democracy emerge? • Why has it become durable recently? • Why is there so much rancorous debate in industrialized democracies just now? • What preserves the legitimacy of the democratic state?
Thinking About Democracy • The Basics • What is democracy? • Basic rights • Rule of law • Competitive elections • Civil society • Capitalism and affluence
The Origins of the Democratic State: Domestic Issues in North America and Europe Over Time • The early democracies: individualism, capitalism, Protestantism, scientific revolution, and exploration • The later democracies: Germany, Japan, France
Political Culture & Participation: Signifiers of Success • Civic culture • Political parties, voting, and elections • Parties and history • New divisions: Materialists, post-modernists, and Greens • Realignment • Interest groups • Political Protest
The Democratic State • Presidential and parliamentary systems • The broader state – Integration of elites
Public Policy • The interventionist state and economic markets • Foreign policy: Globalization and a multi-polar world