An Ongoing Challenge

Democracy is more than
a lottery without jackpot

Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge
Edited by NCCR Democracy, Hanspeter Kriesi, Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 528 pages,
340 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-396-2, English
ISBN 978-3-03778-296-5, German
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Is democracy the best form of government? What are the hallmarks of a good democracy? These questions were asked in ancient times and we are still trying to find the answers today. We have learned, at least, that there is no “perfect” democracy !
Democratically-ruled nations try to strike a difficult balance between equality and liberty, as well as between majority and minorities. They try to maintain order in society while allowing for the greatest possible expressions of opinion at the same time. Democracy demands and democracy challenges — and as a system of government, democracy is itself challenged today by globalization and the development of digital media.
Against this background, and in light of political and economic events in Asia or in the Arab world, there is another incessant question: is democracy still up-to-date? But of course! Democracies perform generally better and ensure peace more successfully than do other forms of government. Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge illustrates why. This visual reader uses the power of images to complement the text, resulting in a compendium of the history and development of democracy, and offers insight into the contemporary debates.


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NCCR Democracy

The NCCR Democracy is an interdisciplinary research program which examines the key challenges to democracy today and traces them to two major trends: globalization and the growing influence of the media on politics (mediatization). These two trends pose significant challenges to the ways that established democracies have traditionally operated. At the same time, they provide new opportunities for both new and established democracies to adapt to changing conditions. The NCCR Democracy was launched by the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) and the Swiss National Science Foundation in October 2005. Its principal aim is to propose designs to improve the quality of democracy and political decision-making processes. The NCCR Democracy represents an unprecedented disciplinary alliance in Europe between political science and media and communication studies.


Lars Müller Publishers

Lars Müller Publishers is an internationally active publishing house. It came into being in Baden, Switzerland, in 1983, as a result of the bibliophile passion of designer Lars Müller. The press has made a worldwide name for itself – and not just in specialist fields – with carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art. Lars Müller works closely with his authors to produce significant publications of great independence, to the highest possible standards. Lars Müller Publishers presents its program as a “school of seeing.” It offers a precise selection from the unmanageable flood of visual events, and brings together authors, designers, and artists who stand for quality and tenacity in their own right.