Edited By Bartosz Wojciechowski, Piotr W. Juchacz and Karolina Cern
We live in a world of rapid global change; nonetheless, we try to manage the seemingly universal development in a consistent manner. Any fruitful description of such a world in change must take into account many differing factors. Among these, we can distinguish a specific world-wide tendency towards the democratisation of our lives in the social, individual and political dimensions. As some point out, there are just a few political orders that do not claim to be found- ed on democratic principles. However, this peculiar global trend does give rise to doubts as well as problems, of which the most profound seems to concern the question whether the “democratic turn” is a real or just a virtual one. Democracy generally means governance by the people – but who are the people? What kind of governance by the people can be claimed as democratic – all of the various types that exist or only a single, chosen one? What – if any – is the normative issue of such a governance? De- mocracy, after all, is not a simple descriptive model of governance; it is deeply rooted in our preferences and hence normative patterns of conduct, which are not yet to be understood as the norm but rather as founding principles. Democracy is a thoroughly normative model. It is always as constructed and uttered in the picture of life at the same time. Does this mean that democracy, as a normative project, can fit on- ly a part of our world and not the other...
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