Kidnapped Democracy - Polemics (Paperback)Ramon A. Feenstra (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages: 107
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 212 x 140 x 9 mm
Democracies are sadly capitulating, with disastrous consequences in terms of democratic accountability, quality of governance and equality. This insightful and beautifully written book must be read as an awakening call, a necessary and timely reminder that the fate of democracy lies with the unfettered determination of citizens to unmask the complex network of 'masters' that are stripping democracy of its representative identity. -- Kerman Calvo Borobia, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Salamanca, Spain
Ramon Feenstra takes seriously the kidnap analogy as a conceptual tool with which to dissect the predicament of present-day democracies, engaging provocatively and meticulously with the identity, interests and strategies of both kidnappers and hostages, and the complex relationship between them, which culminates in a predictable and dramatic Stockholm syndrome. For how long will we be complacent, and will we justify the kidnap of our democracies and our lack of say in what happens to us? -- Sonia Alonso Saenz De Oger, Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
This is a wonderful book. Kidnapping is a very strong metaphor to understand the democratic deficits of our time. Moreover, this is the right self-help book for victimized citizens to overcome their Stockholm syndrome and to develop democratizing practices. -- Paul Dekker, Professor of Civil Society, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
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