Democracy For Sale

The story of how undisclosed donations have infiltrated British politics, undermining public faith in democracy and fuelling the rise of populism across the West.

Author: Peter Geoghegan

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1789546028

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 779

The Sunday Times bestseller. 'A compulsively readable, carefully researched account of how a malignant combination of rightwing ideology, secretive money (much of it from the US) and weaponisation of social media have shaped contemporary British (and to a limited extent, European) politics ... Remarkable' Observer, Book of the Week Democracy is in crisis, and unaccountable and untraceable flows of money are helping to destroy it. This is the story of how money, vested interests and digital skulduggery are eroding trust in democracy. Antiquated electoral laws are broken with impunity, secretive lobbying is bending our politics out of shape and Silicon Valley tech giants collude in selling out democracy. Politicians lie gleefully, making wild claims that can be shared instantly with millions on social media. Peter Geoghegan is a diligent, brilliant guide through the shadowy world of dark money and digital disinformation stretching from Westminster to Washington, and far beyond. Praise for Democracy for Sale: 'Thorough, gripping and vitally important' Oliver Bullough 'A brilliant description of the dark underbelly of modern democracy. Everyone should read it' Anne Applebaum 'A compelling and very readable story of the ongoing corruption of our government and therefore ourselves' Anthony Barnett 'As urgent as it is illuminating' Fintan O'Toole 'This urgent, vital book is essential reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our politics' Carole Cadwalladr 'This forensic and highly readable book shows how so many of our democratic processes have moved into the murky, unregulated spaces of globalisation and digital innovation' Peter Pomerantsev 'A call to arms for all those who value democracy' The Herald 'Geoghegan's words are those of someone who is prepared to keep fighting to defend and revitalise what shadows of democracy still remain'Scotsman

Democracy for Sale

Democracy for Sale is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations.

Author: Edward Aspinall

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501732994

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 244

Democracy for Sale is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations. Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot assess the informal networks and political strategies that shape access to power and privilege in the messy political environment of contemporary Indonesia. In post-Suharto Indonesian politics the exchange of patronage for political support is commonplace. Clientelism, argue the authors, saturates the political system, and in Democracy for Sale they reveal the everyday practices of vote buying, influence peddling, manipulating government programs, and skimming money from government projects. In doing so, Aspinall and Berenschot advance three major arguments. The first argument points toward the role of religion, kinship, and other identities in Indonesian clientelism. The second explains how and why Indonesia's distinctive system of free-wheeling clientelism came into being. And the third argument addresses variation in the patterns and intensity of clientelism. Through these arguments and with comparative leverage from political practices in India and Argentina, Democracy for Sale provides compelling evidence of the importance of informal networks and relationships rather than formal parties and institutions in contemporary Indonesia.

Democracy for Realists

Referendum and Initiative Votes on Prohibition, 1904–1912 Yes (%) No (%) Roll-
off (%) Local option liquor law, Oregon, 1904 43.6 40.5 15.9 For local option,
Oregon, 1906 36.6 46.7 16.7 To provide a state agency for sale of liquor,
Oklahoma, ...

Author: Christopher H. Achen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691178240

Category: Political Science

Page: 408

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Democracy for Realists assails the romantic folk-theory at the heart of contemporary thinking about democratic politics and government, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in the actual human nature of democratic citizens. Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels deploy a wealth of social-scientific evidence, including ingenious original analyses of topics ranging from abortion politics and budget deficits to the Great Depression and shark attacks, to show that the familiar ideal of thoughtful citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally misguided. They demonstrate that voters—even those who are well informed and politically engaged—mostly choose parties and candidates on the basis of social identities and partisan loyalties, not political issues. They also show that voters adjust their policy views and even their perceptions of basic matters of fact to match those loyalties. When parties are roughly evenly matched, elections often turn on irrelevant or misleading considerations such as economic spurts or downturns beyond the incumbents' control; the outcomes are essentially random. Thus, voters do not control the course of public policy, even indirectly. Achen and Bartels argue that democratic theory needs to be founded on identity groups and political parties, not on the preferences of individual voters. Now with new analysis of the 2016 elections, Democracy for Realists provides a powerful challenge to conventional thinking, pointing the way toward a fundamentally different understanding of the realities and potential of democratic government.

Freedom for Sale

Combining boots on the ground reporting with incisive analysis, award-winning journalist John Kampfner describes this alarming trend -- one which has only been exacerbated by the global economic meltdown -- and what citizens must do to ...

Author: John Kampfner

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465020976

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 496

Democratic liberalism v. authoritarianism – the ideological divide that defined the twentieth century. But when the cold war ended, “the end of history” was proclaimed. Soon the fire of freedom would burn worldwide, the experts said. And where markets were freed, human rights would inevitably follow. Or not. In the last twenty years, nations including India, Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates have disproved the idea that capitalism and democracy are inextricably linked. Emerging middle classes have proven themselves all too willing to sacrifice certain democratic rights – including free speech, an open media, and free elections – in exchange for prosperity. But they are not alone. We are all doing it. Alarmingly, Western democracy has adopted some of the attributes of that authoritarianism. Combining boots on the ground reporting with incisive analysis, award-winning journalist John Kampfner describes this alarming trend – one which has only been exacerbated by the global economic meltdown – and what citizens must do to counter it.

Coding Democracy

For links to all of its research and articles related to Hacking Team, see “Hacking
Team,” The Citizen Lab, 8. Hern, “Hacking
Team.” 9. Hern, “Hacking Team”; Mattathias Schwartz, “Cyberwar for Sale,” New

Author: Maureen Webb

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262043556

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 391

Hackers as vital disruptors, inspiring a new wave of activism in which ordinary citizens take back democracy. Hackers have a bad reputation, as shady deployers of bots and destroyers of infrastructure. In Coding Democracy, Maureen Webb offers another view. Hackers, she argues, can be vital disruptors. Hacking is becoming a practice, an ethos, and a metaphor for a new wave of activism in which ordinary citizens are inventing new forms of distributed, decentralized democracy for a digital era. Confronted with concentrations of power, mass surveillance, and authoritarianism enabled by new technology, the hacking movement is trying to “build out” democracy into cyberspace. Webb travels to Berlin, where she visits the Chaos Communication Camp, a flagship event in the hacker world; to Silicon Valley, where she reports on the Apple-FBI case, the significance of Russian troll farms, and the hacking of tractor software by desperate farmers; to Barcelona, to meet the hacker group XNet, which has helped bring nearly 100 prominent Spanish bankers and politicians to justice for their role in the 2008 financial crisis; and to Harvard and MIT, to investigate the institutionalization of hacking. Webb describes an amazing array of hacker experiments that could dramatically change the current political economy. These ambitious hacks aim to displace such tech monoliths as Facebook and Amazon; enable worker cooperatives to kill platforms like Uber; give people control over their data; automate trust; and provide citizens a real say in governance, along with capacity to reach consensus. Coding Democracy is not just another optimistic declaration of technological utopianism; instead, it provides the tools for an urgently needed upgrade of democracy in the digital era.

Money and Politics

Arguing that money plays a controversial role in Australian politics, this volume dissects how political parties raise and spend money.

Author: Joo-Cheong Tham

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 1921410094

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 660

"Examines the various ways in which money influences Australian politics: private and public funding, income and spending, direct contributions to political parties as well as lobbying." - cover.

Not for Sale

"A thorough and challenging book." - Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

Author: Gordon Laxer

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781551117522

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 988

"A thorough and challenging book." - Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

The Tammany Times

The Tammany Times is on sale on Democracy of New York City . It is , perhaps ,
possible that Mr. Cleveall the Elevated Railway news stands and land would
yield to Divine Omnipotence in at the principal hotels . a matter wherein he
thought ...




Category: New York (N.Y.)


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This book is admittedly biased in support of liberty.

Author: Bruce Herschensohn

Publisher: WND Books

ISBN: 0977898423

Category: Political Science

Page: 180

View: 205

This book is admittedly biased in support of liberty. Taiwan: The Threatened Democracy focuses on U.S. relations with Taiwan and the People's Republic of China from the Mao Tse-tung era through the Cold War to the current day, and projects the island's possible future. Taiwan has long been a flashpoint in the struggle between the communist and free world. Yet even as the possibility of armed conflict between China and Taiwan increases - a conflict with great implications for the United States - a domestic war has sprung up between the Bush White House and its support of Taiwan, and State Department staffers who lean heavily to the side of the People's Republic of China. Key to the conflict are those who care more about making profit in China than they care about maintaining liberty in Taiwan.

The Decline of Representative Democracy

Based on a leading scholar's firsthand observations of legislatures as well as extensive interviews with legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists, this important work describes and analyzes the contemporary state of legislatures and ...

Author: Alan Rosenthal

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0871879743

Category: Political Science

Page: 369

View: 863

Based on a leading scholar′s firsthand observations of legislatures as well as extensive interviews with legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists, this important work describes and analyzes the contemporary state of legislatures and the legislative process in the fifty states. It explores the principal elements of legislatures, including the processes by which legislation is enacted, the impact of the media, political competition and partisanship, lobbyists and lobbying, the challenge of ethics, the role of leadership, and the linkage between legislators and their constituencies.Thematically, Alan Rosenthal argues that despite the popular perception that legislatures are autocratic, arbitrary, isolated, unresponsive, and up for sale, legislatures are, in fact, extraordinarily democratic and becoming more so. He concludes, furthermore, that the dangers to representative democracy today are substantial. The Decline of Representative Democracy builds on the growing literature in state politics and state legislatures. It also relies on the author′s participant-observer research, interviews conducted especially for this book, and his years in the field. Many illustrative examples help to clarify the theoretical points made throughout the book, which in turn provide provocative sources of debate for students of the legislative process.

The Law Times

Constitutionalism will be brought face to face Freehold estate of 25 acres in Herts
, and farm of 114 with Democracy , and every man will take his auction in London
are printed and published several That the conditions of sale of all land sold by ...




Category: Law


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Reclaim the State

From England to Brazil, and Norway to China, Hilary Wainwright sets out on a quest to discover how people are creating new, stronger forms of democracy.

Author: Hilary Wainwright

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859846896

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

View: 914

From England to Brazil, and Norway to China, Hilary Wainwright sets out on a quest to discover how people are creating new, stronger forms of democracy.

The Environment for Sale

population lives under the impression that the democratic system will act as an
environmental healer without public participation . As elsewhere , the
environment policies are declared and practiced as a religion by people who do
not have ...

Author: Jaroslav Balek


ISBN: 9780806243238

Category: Hydrology

Page: 268

View: 547

Debating Democracy

lost faith in the system , and now sees democracy for sale , then the solution is to
address the most visible symbol of this — soft money — and make cosmetic
changes elsewhere , loudly proclaiming that this is a thorough reform . For
campaign ...

Author: Bruce Miroff

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division


Category: Political Science

Page: 379

View: 262

This reader offers two readings per chapter organised in a debate-style format, representing opposing viewpoints. The straightforward, thought-provoking presentation facilitates classroom discussion. Highlights of this fourth edition include: - New! Chapter 4, Civil Society, contains essays by Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse of American Community, and William A. Galston and Peter Levine, America's Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence. - New! Chapter 8, Public Opinion: The American People After September 11, includes two new essays: Age of Conflict, by David Brooks and Which America Will We Be Now? by Bill Moyers. - New! Chapter 10, Political Parties and Elections: What Was the 2000 Presidential Contest About? includes articles by David Brooks, One Nation, Slightly Divisible, and Lani Gunier, What We Must Overcome. - New! Chapter 12, Local Democracy, contains essays for and against suburban sprawl and governance by Gregg Easterbrook and Todd Swanstrom. - New! Chapter 14, The Presidency: How Much Difference Does the Individual Make? features new essays by Fred Greenstein, Lessons from the Modern Presidency, and Stephen Skowronek, The Changing Political Structures of Presidential Leadership. - New! Chapter 18, U.S. Foreign Policy: What Should It Be After September 11?, includes articles by Charles Krauthammer, The Real New World Order, and Benjamin R. Barber, On Terrorism and the New Democratic Realism.

Christian Democracy for America

The Beale Ranch of 170 , 000 acres in the San Joaquin Valley , in California ,
was divided for sale as late as 1912 . These grants tend constantly to be broken
up and sold in smaller lots . Finally there are the numerous large private ranches

Author: David D. Forsyth



Category: Democracy

Page: 220

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The Crisis of Representative Democracy

Reified democracy stripped bare is little more than a set of legitimations (
Habermas , 1975 ) , designed to insure loyalty in the face of ... system exemplifies
the commodification of democracy ; a democracy for sale to the highest bidder .
This is ...

Author: International Progress Organization

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Political Science

Page: 306

View: 220

The ideological background and the deficiencies of the concept of representation are being analyzed. It is shown that the present crisis of the Western democratic system is to be attributed to the form of oligarchy which has developed as a result of the «dogma of representation». The fictitious character of representation is being elaborated on the ontological, psychological and normative levels. An analysis of present and historical forms of parliamentary systems (as examples for the ideology of representation) is followed by a reflection on possible alternatives to this traditional system of power. Various forms of direct democracy are examined in regard to their practicability.

Taiwan Journal of Democracy

Here , again , this describes the state of affairs in our three Southeast Asian
democracies . Political parties typically lack ... in Democracy for Sale : The
Causes , Consequences , and Reform of Vote Buying , ed . Frederic C . Schaffer (
Boulder ...




Category: Democracy


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Remodelling of Democracy for Afro Asian Nations

The first camp of the advocates of the civil servants argue : ( a ) The talent and
ability of the civil servant must be treated like a commodity for sale in the market .
When it is in short supply and the state and the private employers are competing

Author: S. S. More

Publisher: Bombay, Allied Publishers [1962]


Category: Newly independent states

Page: 347

View: 872