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The paper discusses how Swift criticizes neo-liberalism for its "weak democratic" values and presents a series of proposals that would promote democratic accountability by fostering strong democracy in the economy and in the state in general. The paper argues that Swift's solutions tend to be both unrealistic and characterized by internal contradictions. The paper presents an alternative solution for fostering democratic accountability and values.
From the Paper:"Swift contends that democracy has not been a strong element of Liberalism from its early incarnation at the time of the Industrial Revolution to its modern incarnation in the Neo-Liberal era of Globalization. His critique of the "democratic malaise" of the modern world is both incisive and well-argued as he makes a strong case for reforms to remedy the current system of "weak democracy" characterized by the extraordinary concentration of political and economic power in the hands of a privileged few in the developed world (Swift 30-32)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Franceschet, Antonio. "Post-Cold War Politics." In Janine Brodie and Sandra Rein, eds. Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics. Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005: 264-276.
- Harder, Lois. "The Modern State." In Janine Brodie and SandraRein, eds. Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics.Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005: 95-108.
- Swift, Richard. The No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy. London:Verso, 2003.
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