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The March Towards Post-Democracy, Ten Years On


Crouch,  Colin
Auswärtiges Wissenschaftliches Mitglied, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

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Crouch, C. (2016). The March Towards Post-Democracy, Ten Years On. The Political Quarterly, (1), 71-75. doi:10.1111/1467-923X.12210.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002C-2BA1-4
Events since I published my book Post-democracy in 2004 suggest that democracy continues to decline in effectiveness in those parts of the world where it has been most strongly established. The global financial crisis, the consequent euro crisis, the likely shape of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and growing evidence of the political power of giant mass media corporations all suggest that the dominant forces in today's politics are not those of democratic will. Movements like Syriza in Greece possibly suggest a democratic reawakening, but that is too early to determine. Meanwhile, it is important also to be aware of democracy's limits, and to try to resolve the problem of post-democracy by extending its reach beyond its competence.