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Tunisian hope and Greek despair: A week in the life of democracy

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="668"] The first free elections borne from the Arab Spring were held in Tunisia. Over 90% of registered adults voted. EPA/Zacarias Garcia[/caption] It has been a tumultuous week in the life and times of democracy in the Mediterranean....

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29 October 2011
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The Hidden Media Powers that Undermine Democracy

  MEDIA & DEMOCRACY: On the final day of The Conversation’s series on how the media influences the way our representatives develop policy, John Keane examines how the relationships between politicians, journalists, lobbyists and the PR sector undermine democracy. [caption id="" align="aligncenter"...

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01 September 2011
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Bin Laden, Assassination and Democracy

Osama bin Laden is dead – assassinated a fortnight ago by bullets sprayed from the guns of special armed forces of the United States. During the wild celebrations that followed, the word “assassination” was never once used by politicians. There were...

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16 May 2011
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Revolution in the Arab world

Great revolutionary convulsions typically trigger long-lasting reflections on their causes and consequences. The European tradition of political thinking harbours many well-known examples, including Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Harold Laski’s Reflections on the Revolution of Our...

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02 May 2011
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Über die Einbettung des Marktes in die globale Zivilgesellschaft

Translated by Philipp Schwertmann for the 2004 Yearbook of the University of Goettingen "Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft" •  Zivilgesellschaftlicher Purismus Welche Kräfte treiben heute die Globalisierung der Zivilgesellschaft voran? Viele Aktivisten und einige ihrer intellektuellen Unterstützer lassen keine Zweifel an der richtigen Antwort:...

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16 April 2011
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