Creative Crises of Democracy

by Joris Gijsenbergh (Author) Wim De Jong (Author) Saskia Hollander (Author) Tim Houwen (Author)
Thesis 444 Pages


The «crisis of democracy» is as old as democracy itself. From the first democracy in Athens up until western democracy in the twenty-first century, criticism and complaints about the deficiencies of democracy have recurred. Pessimistic accounts typically focus on the destructive potential of these crises.
This collection of essays takes an alternative approach and draws attention to the creativity inherent in these «crises of democracy» – the potential for renewal and adaptation.
In the volume, historians, philosophers and political scientists from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Austria tackle the three key questions prompted by this perspective: what moments of creativity can be discerned during crises of democracy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; how does democracy adapt during moments of crisis; and how does the notion of a democratic crisis affect political reality and vice versa?


Publication date
2012 (April)
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 444 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Joris Gijsenbergh (Author) Wim De Jong (Author) Saskia Hollander (Author) Tim Houwen (Author)

Joris Gijsenbergh, Saskia Hollander, Tim Houwen and Wim de Jong are all involved with the interdisciplinary research project ‘Repertoires of Democracy: The Transfer of Democratic Practices’, which is based at Radboud University Nijmegen. Gijsenbergh is currently writing a doctoral thesis on democracy and repression of extremism in interwar Dutch society; Hollander is writing a thesis on referendums and European integration; Houwen is writing a thesis on populism and representative democracy; and de Jong is writing his thesis on citizenship education and democracy in the post-war Netherlands.


Title: Creative Crises of Democracy