Accountability and Democracy: The Pitfalls and Promise of by Craig T. Borowiak

By Craig T. Borowiak

Few political recommendations are as emblematic of our period as democratic responsibility. In a time of political and monetary turmoil, within which international forces have destabilized traditional kin of political authority, democratic responsibility has come to represent either what's absent and what's wanted in our polity. positioned on the intersection of democratic concept and foreign experiences, Accountability and Democracy offers an in-depth severe research of responsibility. via an engagement with numerous key democratic traditions, either old and smooth, the ebook paints a wealthy photo of democratic responsibility as a multi-dimensional thought harboring competing imperatives and various instantiations.

Contrary to dominant perspectives that emphasize self-discipline and keep watch over, Craig Borowiak deals an unique and clean view of democratic responsibility as a resource of mutuality, participation, and political transformation. He either creatively engages traditional electoral types of responsibility and strikes past them by way of situating democratic responsibility inside extra deliberative, participatory and agonistic contexts. Provocatively, the booklet additionally demanding situations deep-seated understandings of democratic responsibility as an expression of well known sovereignty. Borowiak in its place argues that liable governance is incompatible with all claims to final authority, whether they consult with the demos, the kingdom, or cosmopolitan public legislations. instead of conceiving of democratic responsibility with a view to legitimize a safe and sovereign political order, the ebook contends that destabilization and democratic insurgence are quintessential and infrequently missed aspects of democratic responsibility practices. for modern students, practitioners and activists grappling with the problem of creating democratic legitimacy into international politics, the ebook urges higher reflexivity and nuance in how democratic responsibility is evoked and applied. It deals insights into the myriad methods democratic responsibility has been thwarted long ago, whereas additionally cultivating a feeling of extended danger for the way it'd be conceived for the present.

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