By (author) Paul Ginsborg
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Democracy by Paul Ginsborg
Book DescriptionPolitical parties have lost swathes of members and effective power is ever more concentrated in the hands of their leaders. Behind these trends lie changing relationships between economics, the media and politics. Electoral spending has spiralled out of all control, with powerful economic interests exercising undue influence. The 'level playing field', on which democracy's contests have supposedly been fought, has become ever more sloping and uneven. In many 'democratic' countries media coverage, especially that of television, is heavily biased. Electors become viewers and active participation gives way to mass passivity. Can things change? By going back to the roots of democracy and examining the relationship between representative and participatory democracy, political historian Paul Ginsborg shows that they can and must.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846680939
(216mm x 136mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Ginsborg
Politics of Everyday Life, Paperback (July 2005)
Concern over the state of the world - its tensions and disparities - fosters in many people the uneasy combination of two sensations: those of urgency and powerlessness. This book explores what we can do. It considers the options for civil society, and for the individual within the political culture.
Society and Politics in the Age of the Risorgimento, Paperback (July 2002)
A comparative European perspective on aspects of nineteenth-century Italian politics and social history.
History of Contemporary Italy, Paperback (September 1990)» View all books by Paul Ginsborg
Contemporary Italy strongly mirrors Britain - the countries have roughly the same extent, population size and GNP - and yet they are fantastically different. This book presents an account of how Italy has coped, or failed to cope, with the past decades. It is suitable for those who wish to understand contemporary Italy.
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Author Biography - Paul Ginsborg
Paul Ginsborg was born in London in 1945. He is currently Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence and before that taught European Politics at the University of Cambridge. He writes for many international newspapers including the LRB and lives in Florence. His previous books include A History of Contemporary Italy (Penguin Press); followed by Italy and its Discontents 1981-2001 (Penguin Press) in 2002
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