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Democracy beyond the state in the age of cities: explaining crisis dynamics in national democracy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8777-2534
2023 (English)In: The Crisis of Democracy in the Age of Cities / [ed] Juval Portugali, Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023, , p. 246-65 p. 246-266Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The age of cities is an unexplored factor in democratic research. What may it reveal about democracy that we did not know before? What new approaches to explain or manage crises of democracy may it suggest? This chapter argues that explanations of democracy in an age of cities should take into consideration how democracy extends beyond individual states. Democracy beyond the state refers to a democracy constituted by the people of more than one state, e.g. all human beings, or by people whose politics is significantly independent of their individual state for other reasons, e.g. because they inhabit a powerful city. Originally constructed to explain outcomes of international politics, the concept of democracy beyond the state holds a unique capacity to register how democracy is transformed in the age of cities. Both concepts describe structures at a global level of analysis, including all humans in single descriptions of their political rule (varying levels of democracy) and their life place (spread variously across cities and the country). This chapter thus offers a conceptualization of democracy that supports a full engagement with the age of cities in democratic research. As a preliminary proof of concept, the chapter also provides an original and parsimonious explanation of today’s crisis of democracy, as observable in democratic backsliding within many countries across the world.  

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Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023. , p. 246-65 p. 246-266
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Cities series
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224542DOI: 10.4337/9781803923055.00023ISBN: 9781803923048 (print)ISBN: 9781803923055 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-224542DiVA, id: diva2:1820166
Available from: 2023-12-16 Created: 2023-12-16 Last updated: 2024-02-09Bibliographically approved

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