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Cultures of democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria : how ideas shape publics, James Dawson

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Cultures of democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria : how ideas shape publics
Title
Cultures of democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria
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how ideas shape publics
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James Dawson
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Language
eng
Summary
At a time when some EU member states are attracting attention for the rise to power of illiberal, anti-democratic political movements, this book's analytical focus on ideas and identities helps explain why institutional progress is not necessarily reflected in the formation of liberal, democratic 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. From this perspective, the Serbian public sphere is observed to be more contested, pluralist and, at the margins, liberal than that of Bulgaria. Considering that Bulgaria has been a full EU member since 2007 while Serbia remains stuck in the waiting room, it is argued that democratic cultures are not shaped by elite-led drives to meet institutional criteria but rather by the spread of ideas through politics, the media and the discussions of citizens. Moving beyond the narrow focus on institutions that currently prevails in studies of democratization, this book demonstrates the value of a more ethnographic and society-oriented approach.--
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1979-
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Dawson, James
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Southeast European Studies
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  • Democracy
  • Democracy
  • Political participation
  • Political participation
  • Civil society
  • Civil society
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Cultures of democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria : how ideas shape publics, James Dawson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-205) and index
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text
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Contents
1. The neglect of citizens in the measurement of liberal democracy : an agenda for the application of public sphere theory to Central and Eastern Europe -- 2. Liberal institutions, illiberal democracy? : the public spheres of Serbia and Bulgaria compared -- 3. Political pluralism in the mathematical or the philosophical sense? : comparing the range of discourse in recent Serbian and Bulgarian political history -- 4. Publics and counterpublics in Serbia : public sphere pluralism in Niš -- 5. Disenchantment without coherence in Bulgaria: the absence of public sphere pluralism in Plovdiv -- Conclusion : evaluating democracy through the public sphere
Control code
FIEb17634568
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 212 pages
Isbn
9781472443083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • 019884961
  • (StEdALDL)1/3240970
  • (OCoLC)890177832
Label
Cultures of democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria : how ideas shape publics, James Dawson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The neglect of citizens in the measurement of liberal democracy : an agenda for the application of public sphere theory to Central and Eastern Europe -- 2. Liberal institutions, illiberal democracy? : the public spheres of Serbia and Bulgaria compared -- 3. Political pluralism in the mathematical or the philosophical sense? : comparing the range of discourse in recent Serbian and Bulgarian political history -- 4. Publics and counterpublics in Serbia : public sphere pluralism in Niš -- 5. Disenchantment without coherence in Bulgaria: the absence of public sphere pluralism in Plovdiv -- Conclusion : evaluating democracy through the public sphere
Control code
FIEb17634568
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 212 pages
Isbn
9781472443083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • 019884961
  • (StEdALDL)1/3240970
  • (OCoLC)890177832

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