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Coping with Post Democracy

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Post-Democracy is a polemical work that goes beyond current complaints about the failings of our democracy and explores the deeper social and economic forces that account for the current malaise. Colin Crouch argues that the decline of those social classes which had made possible an active and critical mass politics has combined with the rise of global capitalism to produce a self-referential political class more concerned with forging links with wealthy business interests than with pursuing political programmes which meet the concerns of ordinary people. He shows how, in some respects, politics at the dawn of the twenty-first century returns us to a world familiar well before the start of the twentieth, when politics was a game played among elites. However, Crouch maintains that the experience of the twentieth century remains salient and it reminds us of possibilities for the revival of politics. This engaging book will prove challenging to all those who claim that advanced societies have reached a virtual best of all possible democratic worlds, and will be compelling reading for anyone interested in the shape of twenty-first-century politics.

73 pages, Paperback

First published December 18, 2000

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805 reviews3,856 followers
November 25, 2018
How do you make people turn away from politics in frustration and disgust?

Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

A good description of the development of the last decades and the methodology behind it including some future forecasts.
The interest is directed only to the meaningless puppets. These act, intentionally or unintentionally, implausible, wrong and clumsy. Citizens are beginning to stir up antipathies against their representatives. At the same time, the implemented policy is unjust, and the negative consequences of incompetence radiate into all spheres of life.
Even initially interested and committed citizens turn away. The system is left to itself, and the actors can do whatever they want.
Less and less people go to vote. If the turnout is still high, mostly populists are the winners. Both is chalked to the electorate by the politicians. Not the authorities would have failed, but the helpless citizens would be unable to make reasonable choices.

The more interested citizens turn away much sooner. They are disgusted and have resigned because of privatization, social degradation, environmental destruction, neoliberalism, deregulation, outsourcing, free trade, public-private partnership, etc. Since they know the background, they want to have nothing more to do with it and prefer to get involved in citizens' initiatives and NGOs without voting rights instead.

People who are affine for fanaticism and simple solutions are mobilized on the other hand. This leads to a strengthening of the more extreme political currents. The established, meaningless old parties no longer have an influx. They rushed with their annexed media against the new parties to denounce them. This can sometimes be counterproductive because non-brainwashed partisans recognize the defamation campaigns as such. Thus, the campaigns act as a boomerang, which confirms the allegations of lies and one-sided reporting.

It makes in the end no difference whether an established party is conservative republican or progressively democratic. Or extreme left or right outside. As long as there are domestic stability and a minimum of wealth, anyone is preaching anything from the pulpit. Politicians are robbed of their potential danger in this way because nobody takes them seriously anymore. When an economic collapse, a natural disaster, a war or a sinking event threatens bread and games, politic comes crawling out of its holes again. Until then, each party is a slave to the market. Regardless of who one votes for, politics will always be the same. Against one.

The only exceptions are Switzerland with its strong grassroots co-determination and Scandinavia with an exemplary health system, education, and social systems. All other Western democracies are undermined, corrupt to the core and compliant vassals of the puppet masters of capital in the background. Nothing but a more subtle variant of indirect, softened dictatorship. Which does not even have the edge to reveal itself as such. But hypocritically wraps itself as a travesty in passages of constitutions and human rights to conceal its putrid body.

One has to hope that no extreme case will not happen anymore. As long as the economy directs the policy, it will provide peace and stability. So that its worldwide distribution network cannot be broken. And no more valuable, hard-to-replace employees and skilled workers will be harmed. It is indeed a devastating model for the planet and many people that carries the seeds of self-destruction in it. But at the same time, it ensures stability and prosperity for as many people as never before in history. And as much poverty and misery.

The tragedy lies in the fact that the most competent people pursue financially lucrative, not humanities disciplines and have no interest in a political career. They would earn worse and could not develop creatively in and with their work. Of the motives of those who aspire to political office, not even to talk.

Just to be mistaken in the illusion that there is something like democratic participation and functioning control is self-deception and denial of reality. Once again, adult fairytales, as they leaf through the newspaper or watch the news on television.
We have left the era of the God-states, kingdoms, military dictatorships and a very brief interlude of the functioning ecosocial democratic market economy in Europe, North America and parts of Asia behind us. The age of corporatocracy, homage, and worship of mammon lies in its final stages. Through to its exponential growth, it's always likely to implode. If it does not want to go down, it has to transform. It will take control of disruptive, sustainable technologies, organic agriculture, renewable energy, etc. And install a post-scarcity society with unconditional basic income so that rebellions and civil wars do not devastate the country. But before that, make as much as it can with the squeezing of the planet and then fix it again. One can earn very well on both.

One has to respect the perfidy of the concept of deliberately turning hard-won democracy into a farce. Whatever think tank initiated the frustration campaign has thought in the long term. The state holds up itself to the ridicule with its illogical behavior and its incompetent representatives. At the same time, the tragedy is always felt because of the suffering and the long-term consequences as an undercurrent. The wished annoyance and dislike of the citizens against the policy promotes the freedom of the rulers to do everything they want. Ingenious aversion therapy for the minority, for which bread and games are not enough for salvation.

An image of human development that seems to run in an endless loop is imminent. In a village, there is a marketplace, a church, and a town hall. The power is ideally divided between all 3. Not because of one of the three has noble ideals, certainly not. But because they regulate and control each other. As soon as power becomes too one-sided, a crusade or holy war, a military dictatorship or a surveillance state, neoliberalism or planned economy will emerge. All silly, ignorant and destructive models. Mammon, in the end, fortunately, or as bad luck, has carried the victory over sword and faith.
For the first time in history, these fantasy creations by immature, deluded adults will become obsolete. What comes next is currently difficult to estimate.
The machines will solve the dilemma for us. Because the choice between an AI, programmed by the brightest minds of the planet, and a pack of territorial, wannabe alpha apes camouflaged as a party is not difficult.

Wie bringt man die Bevölkerung dazu, sich frustriert und angewidert von der Politik abzuwenden?

Eine gute Beschreibung der Entwicklung der letzten Dekaden und der Methodik dahinter samt einiger eingetroffener Zukunftsprognosen.
Das Interesse wird nur mehr auf die bedeutungslosen Marionetten gelenkt. Diese agieren, absichtlich oder unabsichtlich, unglaubwürdig, schlecht und plump. Die Bürger beginnen, Antipathien gegen ihre eigenen Repräsentanten zu schüren. Gleichzeitig ist die umgesetzte Politik ungerecht und die negativen Konsequenzen der Inkompetenz strahlt in alle Lebensbereiche.
Selbst anfänglich interessierte und engagierte Bürger wenden sich ab. Das System bleibt sich selbst überlassen und die Akteure können alles tun, was sie wollen.
Immer weniger Leute gehen wählen. Ist die Wahlbeteiligung doch hoch, sind meist Populisten die Gewinner. Beides wird den Wählern von der Politik angekreidet. Nicht die Obrigkeit hätte versagt, sondern die hilflosen Staatsbürger wären unfähig, vernünftige Wahlentscheidungen zu treffen.

Die interessierteren Bürger wenden sich viel eher ab. Sie sind von Privatisierung Sozialabbau, Umweltzerstörung, Neoliberalismus, Deregulierung, Outsourcing, Freihandel, Public private partnership, usw angewidert und resignieren. Da sie die Hintergründe kennen, wollen sie nichts mehr damit zu tun haben und sich lieber in Bürgerinitiativen und NGOs ohne Stimmrecht engagieren. Für Fanatismus und einfache Lösungen affine Menschen werden hingegen mobilisiert. Dadurch kommt es zu einem Erstarken der extremeren politischen Strömungen. Die etablierten, bedeutungslosen Altparteien haben keinen Zulauf mehr. Sie hetzten mit ihren annektierten Medien gegen die neuen Parteien, um die zu denunzieren. Das kann mitunter kontraproduktiv sein, weil nicht Gehirn gewaschene Parteigänger die Diffamierungskampagnen als solche erkennen. Damit wirken die Kampagnen als Bumerang, der die Vorwürfe der Lügenpresse und einseitiger Berichterstattung bestätigt.

Es macht im Endresultat keinen Unterschied, ob eine etablierte Partei konservativ republikanisch oder progressiv demokratisch ist. Oder extrem links oder rechts außen. Solange die innerstaatliche Stabilität und ein Minimum an Wohlstand vorhanden sind, predigt halt irgendjemand irgendetwas von der Kanzel. Die Politik ist auf diese Art ihrer potentiellen Gefährlichkeit beraubt, weil sie niemand mehr ernst nimmt. Wenn ein Wirtschaftskollaps, eine Naturkatastrophe, ein Krieg oder ein Untergangsereignis Brot und Spiele bedrohen, kommt sie wieder aus ihren Löchern gekrochen. Bis dahin ist jede Partei ein Sklave des Marktes. Unabhängig davon, wen man wählt, wird die Politik immer die gleiche sein. Die gegen einen.

Als einzige Ausnahmen kann man die Schweiz mit starker basisdemokratischer Mitbestimmung und Skandinavien mit vorbildlichem Gesundheits-, Bildungs- und Sozialsystem nennen. Sämtliche anderen westlichen Demokratien sind ausgehöhlt, bis ins Mark korrupt und willfährige Vasallen der Puppenmeister des Kapitals im Hintergrund. Nichts als eine subtilere Variante von indirekter, versofteter Diktatur. Die noch nicht einmal den Schneid besitzt, sich als solche zu offenbaren. Sondern sich scheinheilig als Travestie in Passagen aus Verfassungen und Menschenrechten hüllt, um ihren fauligen Leib zu kaschieren.

Man muss hoffen, dass kein Extremfall mehr eintreten wird. Solange die Politik von der Wirtschaft dirigiert wird, sorgt diese für Frieden und Stabilität. Damit ihr weltweites Distributionsnetzwerk nicht zerschlagen werden kann. Und keine wertvolleren, schwer zu ersetzenden Angestellte und Fachkräfte zu Schaden kommen. Es ist zwar ein für den Planeten und viele Menschen verheerendes Modell, das die Saat des Selbstzerstörung in sich trägt. Aber es sichert gleichzeitig Stabilität und so viel Wohlstand für so viele Menschen wie noch nie in der Geschichte. Und so viel Armut und Elend.

Die Tragik liegt darin, dass die kompetentesten Menschen finanziell lukrative, nicht geisteswissenschaftliche Studienrichtungen einschlagen und kein Interesse an einer politischen Karriere haben. Sie würden schlechter verdienen und könnten sich kreativ und mit ihrer Arbeit nicht entfalten. Von den Motiven derjenigen, die politische Ämter anstreben, gar nicht erst zu reden.

Nur sich in der Illusion zu wähnen, es gäbe noch etwas wie demokratische Mitbestimmung und funktionierende Kontrollinstanzen ist Selbstbetrug und Realitätsverweigerung. Wieder einmal die Märchenstunde für Erwachsene, wenn diese die Zeitung durchblättern oder die Nachrichten im Fernsehen sehen.
Wir haben das Zeitalter der Gottesstaaten, Königreichen, Militärdiktaturen und einem sehr kurzen Zwischenspiel der funktionierenden ökosozialen demokratischen Marktwirtschaft in Europa, Nordamerika und Teilen Asiens hinter uns gelassen. Das Zeitalter der Korporokratie, der Huldigung und Götzenanbetung des Mammons liegt in seinen Endzügen. Durch das exponentielle Wachstum ist es stets in Gefahr zu implodieren. Wenn es nicht untergehen will, muss es sich transformieren. Es wird die Kontrolle über die disruptiven, nachhaltigen Technologien, Biolandwirtschaft, erneuerbare Energien, usw übernehmen. Und eine Post Scarcity Gesellschaft mit bedingungslosem Grundeinkommen installieren, damit nicht Rebellionen und Bürgerkriege das Land verheeren. Aber davor noch so viel wie möglich mit der Auspressung des Planeten verdienen und ihn dann wieder reparieren. Man kann an beidem sehr gut verdienen.

Man muss der Perfidie des Konzepts, die hart erkämpfte Demokratie absichtlich zu einer Farce verkommen zu lassen, Respekt zollen. Welcher Think Tank auch immer die Frustrationskampagne initiiert haben mag, hat langfristig gedacht. Der Staat gibt sich selbst mit seinem unlogischen Verhalten und seinen Repräsentanten der Lächerlichkeit Preis. Gleichzeitig ist die Tragik wegen dem Leid und der Langzeitfolgen als Unterströmung stets spürbar. Die gewollte Verdrossenheit und Abneigung der Bürger gegen die Politik fördert die Freiheit der Regierenden, alles zu tun, was sie wollen. Eine geniale Aversionstherapie für die Minderheit, bei der Brot und Spiele nicht fürs Seelenheil reichen.

Ein Bild der menschlichen Entwicklung, das in Endlosschleife zu laufen scheint, drängt sich auf. In einem Dorf gibt es einen Marktplatz, eine Kirche und ein Rathaus. Die Macht ist im Idealfall zwischen allen 3 aufgeteilt. Nicht, weil einer der 3 hehre Ideale hätte, sicher nicht. Sondern weil sie sich gegenseitig regulieren und kontrollieren. Sobald die Macht zu einseitig wird, entsteht ein Kreuzzug oder ein heiliger Krieg, eine Militärdiktatur oder ein Überwachungsstaat, Neoliberalismus oder Planwirtschaft. Alles dumme, ignorante und destruktive Modell. Mammon hat am Ende, zum Glück oder Unglück, den Sieg über Schwert und Glauben davon getragen hat.
Das erste Mal in der Geschichte werden diese Fantasiegebilde von unreifen, verblendeten Erwachsenen obsolet werden. Was danach kommt, lässt sich momentan schwer abschätzen.
Die Maschinen werden das Dilemma für uns lösen. Denn die Wahl zwischen einer, von den klügsten Köpfen des Planeten programmierten, KI und einem als Partei getarnten Affenrudel von territorialen, Möchtegern Alphamännchen fällt nicht schwer.
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340 reviews126 followers
December 17, 2019
Emperyalizm gözlüğü olmayan bir araştırmacının "Avrupa'da demokrasi elden gidiyor" ağıtı. Tabii demokratlık besmelesi olan "Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin gibi..." cümlesi de kitapta eksik değil.

Aime Cesaire "Batılılar tüm dünyayı katlettiler, ama toplama kampları Avrupa'nın ortasına kurulunca skandal oldu," diyor ya. Yıllardır yeni-sömürgelerde oynanan demokrasi oyununun tadına bir bakmak bile Avrupalı akademisyenlerin "gerçek demokrasi bu deyil" demesine yetmiş.

Crouch'un birçok tespiti doğru: Partiler arasındaki siyasal farkların ortadan kalkması; partilerin kitle tabanı üzerinde,kitle emeğiyle ayakta duran örgütler olmaktan çıkıp şirket gibi yönetilip fonlanması; yurttaş katılımının dört beş yılda bir oy verme ile sınırlandırılması; siyasi figürlerin politikalarıyla değil, "ay çok iyi bir adam yhaa" ile değerlendirilmesi vs.

Fakat sen bu değerlendirmeyi yaptıktan sonra, "kapitalizm yine de en iyi sistem, onu insanileştirmeye çalışalım" dersen ben senin meseleyi derinlemesine kavrayabildiğinden şüphe ederim.
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28 reviews4 followers
December 5, 2008
Colin Crouch's short and provocative work Post-democracy asks why and then suggests reasons for the departure of historic left-of-centre political parties across Europe from their traditional role of being political voices for those disadvantaged by unrestrained capitalism.

His analysis is rooted in 1) the rise of the global firm 2) the decline in the size of the manual working classes 3) the loss of confidence in the idea of a separate public sector distinct from the interests of business.

The book's central thesis is persuasively argued: that western nations have passed the historic high point of mass democratic action (which he locates in the mid-twentieth century) and have entered a phase in which many of the outward activities of democracy remain (universal suffrage, elected government, etc.) but in which direct political activity by large numbers of citizens has been replaced with government by elected elites.

This thesis stands in opposition to the idea that democracy in the Internet age is as strong as ever. While the proliferation of special interest groups is a fact of modern political life, Crouch argues that this atomising of the activity of citizens, at the expense of concerted party political action, actually confirms the reality of post-democracy. These individual groups are insufficient in their breadth of focus to achieve significant structural and legal changes to restrain the hegemony of global firms, with their well-resourced access through lobbies to the handles of governmental influence and power.

The author's portrayal of the role of central government in the post-democratic age is as frightening as it is recognisable. The "ellipse" of government, which now includes lobby groups allied to large firms as well as public-private partnerships has, says Crouch, resulted in governments which are similar in their structure and nature to the business with which they allied, though paradoxically weaker as they have handed over large areas of activity and expertise to private firms.

Such governments increasingly outsource many of their traditional functions (education, health care, transport) and increasingly see their role as facilitating the operations of businesses within the economy.

Rather than being the voice of mass political empowerment, the mass media is portrayed by Professor Crouch as a specific type of global firm. Examples of the effect of the dependence of post-democratic governments upon the mass media abound:

"We have become accustomed to hear politicians not speaking like normal people, but presenting glib and finely honed statements which have a character all of their own."

As a specific example of this trend, Crouch cites "The exceptional Californian gubernatorial election of 2003, when the film actor Arnold Schwarzenegger waged a successful campaign with no policy content."

Accustomed as we are to being told that the public interest is served when business thrives ( a new spin on the maxim that "What's good for General Motors is good for America") , Professor Crouch's book is a well-argued reminder that there are human (and indeed, environmental) interests that are not fully served by such "success" when it is narrowly defined as generating shareholder bonuses and when these successes are achieved by firms exercising disproportionate power over the political process.

Overall, this is an important book that, to me at least, had the effect of putting together a number of observable economic and political trends which, until reading it, had appeared to me as separate developments.
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Author 4 books49 followers
March 13, 2021
This book has several false assumptions underlying its thesis, one is that social movements today exist almost entirely outside of a postdemocratic framework. He completely ignores the literature on the nonprofit industrial complex for instance, and the large role of billionaire philanthropy. It was overly poorly structured and imprecisely argued, although his original description about post democracy is a valuable contribution theoretically to political economy.
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23 reviews1 follower
April 22, 2020
Ясное изложение, глубокие мысли, убедительная аргументация. Тот редкий случай, когда автору политико-экономического исследования удается одновременно ставить диагноз, предлагать идеальную модель, объяснять, почему она едва ли возможна, и прогнозировать реальное развитие событий. Ограничившись до смешного малым объемом.
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6 reviews17 followers
February 2, 2021
Da hätten die ersteb 8 Seiten ausgereicht, danach kommt nur noch sozdem Müll
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29 reviews9 followers
January 23, 2022
was listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac while reading this. lindsey buckingham and stevie nicks screaming at each other etc.

anyway, i guess the argument here is that we've had a bad breakup... with democracy...
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81 reviews6 followers
June 10, 2013
It is an interesting book, that makes one think a lot about current politics. It is a bit open ended, as I was expected that it would be a little more concrete at the end. No such luck, and that may be a design feature: it is asking for citizens to get involved in the polity and to get creative about how to do it. So, no recipes, just stimulus.
24 reviews
September 6, 2017
This book introduces the concept of post-democracy, with its various features, by recounting the parallel stories of the democratic society and the political left and highlighting the trends that determine the main social changes of our times.
The key idea is that the traditional left started losing its ground when it became unprofitable for the capitalists to invest in the manufacturing industry. This initiated a social and economical rearrangement which is still ongoing. The political counterpart of this process, in the West, is the transition to post-democratic regimes, which will retain certain (mostly formal) characteristics of the democratic state, will recover certain features of the pre-democratic society, but will also develop new characteristics of their own, the properly post-democratic ones.
The defining feature of post-democracy is the decline of mass political participation and the ever-strengthening bond between the (leader-centric, politically undefined) post-democratic party and economic lobbies, which will become ever more influent.
Many of the analyses and predictions presented in this brief but dense essay are surprisingly relevant, considering that it was written before the financial crisis.
However, it appears to me that -in the effort to condense a lot of content into a short book- the author chose to focus on describing theoretical ideas, going into a certain amount of detail to explain the mechanisms underlying post-democracy. Sometimes this resulted in the impression of a rather abstract description which would have benefitted from a stronger grounding in examples and statistics.
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410 reviews65 followers
December 13, 2020
Определено интересна книга, що се отнася до въвеждането на термина „постдемокрация“ и цялато му развито структурно съдържание. Не съм егалитарист и това е причината, поради която гледам с леко недоверие на подобни по-скоро леви принципи (оттук и 4-те звездички, пък и това е първият труд на Колин Крауч, който чета, затова не бързам да го поставям сред любимите си анализатори). Но това не означава, че не съм съгласна с редица наблюдения като се започне от заниженото интелектуално ниво на гражданите и се стигне до злоупотребата на корпоративните елити, която никой не би отрекъл, че съществува. Но за мен проблемът не се състои в системата, а в моралните подбуди и координати на хората, които участват в нея (това е консервативното ми мислене). И поради тази причина съм против допълнителното овластяване на държавата, което според автора би довело до по-добро състояние на демократичната система. Предпочитам събитията да следват хода на научния и интелектуалния прогрес. Освен това съм от хората, които смятат, че в основата на всяка здрава система стои проспериращата икономика. Оттук атаката към бизнес елитите ми се струва малко пресилена. А въпросът за държавните поръчки е ужасно неприятен, особено за държавата България; за нашата реалност аз обаче виждам, че от „продаването“ им на частни интереси печелят най-гнусно самите нейни представители, т.е. политиците. Което ме връща обратно на тезата за моралната тежест на индивида.
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417 reviews16 followers
August 20, 2017
"... dobbiamo aspettarci una condizione di entropia della democrazia".
Per una teoria della "democrazia debole" ( o minima, se si vuole).

"... la riduzione dei politici a qualcosa di piu' simile a bottegai che legislatori, ansiosi di scoprire cosa vogliono i loro "clienti" per restare a galla".

" (la postdemocrazia) ci porta OLTRE la democrazia".

Nel frattempo ho tolto una stella.

"Ma per un partito non avere una base definita significa (???) nel vuoto". E l'ho sempre detto io!
E ben gli sta al PD, pastrocchio nato morto che giustamente ritorna nel vuoto pneumatico dal quale è proditariamente emerso...(ho usato troppi avverbi, fa niente...)

"Il conflitto fra le istanze egualitarie della democrazia e le diseguaglianze che derivano dal capitalismo non potrà mai essere risolto, ma si potranno realizzare compromessi più o meno costruttivi".

"Secondo Adam Smith il mondo degli affari avrebbe corrotto la politica tanto quanto la politica avrebbe corrotto il mondo degli affari".

"Più si ha privatizzazione e applicazione del modello mercantile per l'erogazione del servizio pubblico, specie a livello locale, più si deve imporre il modello giacobino di democrazia centralizzata e una cittadinanza senza livelli intermedi di azione politica".
I agree.
287 reviews
July 25, 2020
Already in 2003, Colin Crouch had published his analysis of the prevalent crisis in European politics - alas, in Italian. An English edition was published shortly thereafter, but the German version came out in 2007 only. This reads incredibly well and is still timely. The observations, which Crouch made mainly referencing the United Kingdom and Italy, are eerily applicable to other European nations also, maybe more so now than back then. If it were for the diagnosis alone, this should be five stars; however, his recommendations / antidotes fall somewhat short of what is needed. Nevertheless, an extraordinary book, succinct and clear-eyed. Recommended reading, mostly for socialist party leaders who have been losing the plot for a long while.

page 67: 'Das kommerzielle Modell triumphiert daher über andere Formen der politischen Kommunikation. Politische und andere Nachrichten sind allmählich neu definiert worden - als besonders kurzlebige Konsumgüter. Der Konsument hat über den Staatsbürger gesiegt.'
105 reviews
March 26, 2022
demokratie als parabel, postdemokratie weil höhepunkt überschritten und tendenzen vordemokratischer zeit, scheindemokratie weil freie wahlen, aber politische entscheidungen treffem eliten (wirtschaft), problem der abhängigkeit, privatisierung von öffentlichen aufgaben, allgemein einblick in politische strukturen und demokratien der letzten jahre (u.a. usa, eu, england, deutschland), aufstieg, bedeutung und verfall der gewerkschaften
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18 reviews
January 4, 2020
Saggio sicuramente molto formativo per chi non ha mai letto alcun saggio di politica, mentre molto scontato per chi sul campo ci bazzica da un po', in particolar modo sul fronte della letteratura marxista e di orientamento progressista.
Scrittura molto chiara e scorrevole, si legge con facilità.
Voto 7
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7 reviews4 followers
January 1, 2021
Gelungene Analyse der Schwierigkeiten unserer Demokratie. Viele Tendenzen greift Crouch sehr anschaulich auf und weist auf grundsätzliche Widersprüche hin. Viele Entwicklungen, die er anreißt, lassen sich heute sehr gut beobachten. Dennoch kommen einige Gesichtspunkte zu kurz, der Kapitalismus als System wird nur oberflächlich beleuchtet. Daher nur 4/5
20 reviews
January 14, 2022
Κάποιες παρατηρήσεις είναι ενδιαφέρουσες αλλά κυρίως μου φαίνονται οι αναλύσεις του επιφανειακές και ρέπει εύκολα σε μια λαϊκίστικη προσέγγιση. (Ότι πρέπει να μαζευτεί η απορρύθμιση των τελευταίων δεκαετιών δεν το συζητάμε όμως και η λογική του δώσ'τα όλα προκαλεί περισσότερα προβλήματα απ' ό,τι λύνει.) Μέτριο.
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192 reviews6 followers
January 30, 2018
Il testo di Crouch, sebbene di enorme influenza sugli studi di scienza politica recente, dal punto di vista formale si dilunga troppo sugli stessi temi e in parentesi regionali a volte non necessarie. Resta una pietra miliare e una denuncia molto interessante della società odierna.
Profile Image for Κατερίνα Τοράκη.
75 reviews4 followers
August 19, 2020
Γραμμένο το 2004, παρουσιάζει τις αλήθειες των εκφραστών του νεοφιλεύθερου καπιταλισμού που είδαμε να πραγματώνονται στα χρόνια της κρίσης και σήμερα πια να είναι η πραγματικότητα και διεθνώς και στη χώρα μας. Και μόνο ως επαλήθευση των καταστάσεων που ζούμε αξίζει η ανάγνωσή του.
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383 reviews8 followers
September 22, 2022
An accessible overview into the decline of the left, neoliberal political rationality and the problems the commercialization of public services brings with it. The solutions side was sorely lacking.
Profile Image for Pavlo.
10 reviews4 followers
November 7, 2014
Своєю працею “Постдемократія” британський соціолог Колін Крауч, професор Уорікського університету, навряд чи вразить освічених читачів глибиною аналізу чи сміливістю висновків. Проте я сміливо порекомендував би цю працю всім, хто цікавиться сучасними політичними процесами, адже автору вдалося в зовсім невеличкій книзі системно проаналізувати основні проблеми сучасних демократій, визначити причини цих проблем та їхній вплив на еволюцію політичних систем західних країн.

Головна думка автора полягає в тому, що демократія переживає глибоку кризу, попри те, що наш час може для декого здатися віком глобального демократичного тріумфу. К. Крауч вважає, що в західних державах на наших очах формується такий політичний режим, в якому за збереження всіх формальних ознак демократії (регулярні, чесні і прозорі вибори, поділ влади, політичні свободи тощо), здатність громадян впливати на вироблення і здійснення політики буде суттєво послаблена, і політика знов, як у додемократичну епоху, стане привілеєм вузького кола еліти.

Причинами такої ситуації автор вважає, по-перше, спричинений деіндустріалізацією занепад робітничого класу як єдиної організованої сили, здатної чітко артикулювати і відстоювати свої інтереси. Друга причина, це перемога неоліберального погляду на сутність та функції держави, згідно з яким держава завжди програє у ефективності та компетентності комерційним компаніям, а отже повинна позбутися невластивих їй функцій (до яких неоліберали відносять і освіту, і охорону здоров'я) на користь саме приватних інституцій.

Аналіз причин і сутності “постдемократії”, проведений вченим, дуже переконливий, навіть попре те, що автор виходить з дещо своєрідного розуміння демократії, а от програма дій щодо мінімізації наслідків “постдемократизації” не надто вражає. Автор впевнений у неминучості описаного ним процесу, тому і ліки, виписані ним західним суспільствам виглядають, як радше призначені для маскування симптомів хвороби, ніж для її лікування.

В передмові до російськомовного видання “Постдемократії” К. Крауч щиро дивується з того інтересу, що його викликала книга в недемократичних чи нещодавно демократизованих країнах. Так, книга справді про Захід і для Заходу, але вона безперечно буде цікавою і для українських читачів (хоча постдемократія в Україні за визначенням неможлива, бо в нашій країні досі не було демократії звичайної, без всіляких префіксів). Читаючи книгу, я неодноразово відзначав для себе подібність явищ, описаних автором, до реалій політичного життя України. Звичайно, походження цих явищ є різним у випадку країн Заходу і України, але їхня подібність вражає; було б дуже цікаво дослідити, внаслідок дії яких процесів відбувається конвергенція доволі відмінних політичних систем в напрямку дедалі більшого вихолощення оригінального змісту демократії та її “симулякризації”.

Тверда четвірка.
58 reviews3 followers
September 3, 2016
A short but a thoughtfull book about democracy in our time. More precisely about democracy on the decrease in the countries where it first broke through in its modern form. The book is mainly about the rise of a global firm culture. Change in these societies class structure and how this has resulted in a situation where societies larger groups has lost representation in politics when at the same time public institution have came to mix up with the buisness firms. Leading to a situation where the global firms have way more influence over politics then the citizens.

I read the book in only 2 days but I have to remind myself to get back at it and look up some stuff in it closer.
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Author 3 books28 followers
August 21, 2013
One of the best books I've read about the way we live now. Crouch puts a name — "post-democracy" — to a system that others have described at greater length (Blyth, Hacker and Pierson, others): basically, with corporate power unshackled over the past thirty years, in advanced industrial countries we have the outward forms of democracy but not the egalitarian spirit. Without being repetitive, Crouch diagnoses the disease and proposes some solutions. It may be a decade old, but the past decade has only reinforced the tendencies Crouch identifies.
476 reviews14 followers
June 18, 2013
“Situations where boredom, frustration, and disillusion have settled in after a democratic movement; when powerful minority interests have become far more active than the mass of ordinary people in making the political system work for them; where political elites have learned to manage and manipulate popular demands; where people have to be persuaded by publicity campaigns.” Fascinatingly heretical pamphlet.
Profile Image for Felix Kolb.
6 reviews
August 5, 2011
Interessante und kritische Analyse, die allerdings dazu tendiert, die Nachkriegsdemokratie zu glorifizieren. Lektüre lohnt aber in jedem Fall.
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2 reviews
May 27, 2012
I find this a very accurate, and scary, analysis of today's political trends.
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9 reviews
September 30, 2012
angenehm zu lebende Analyse der politischen Situation hauptsächlich der Nachkriegszeit in Europa. berücksichtigt auch die wirtschaftlichen Faktoren.
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7 reviews3 followers
September 25, 2016
Back to basics. Etwas reißerisch, aber nach wie vor ein toller Überblick. Aus meinem Arbeitsbereich kann ich insbesondere die Kapitel 4 und 5 (Parteien und Öffentlicher Dienst) empfehlen.
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