Show Less
Restricted access

New Democracies and Old Societies in Europe


György Széll and Wiking Ehlert

Ten years after the break down of the Berlin Wall, the withering away of real existing socialism but also of the welfare state, Europe is preparing for its re-unification. Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic have already entered the NATO, nine more countries from the former Soviet Block and the Mediterranean are preparing themselves to enter the European Union. After hundreds of years of war the era of peace and welfare which seemed to be so near has vanished in new wars and atrocities. Fundamentalisms and globalisation question democracy as such. Nowadays the new term is good governance. The nation-state is stronger than imagined, and seems even to become the only refuge against global shareholder capitalism. Will the old civil societies be able to develop new forms of democracy in the heritage of our past?
Contents: Walter Grab: The Origins and Transformation of the Concept of Nation and Democratic Culture in Germany – Hans-Gert Pöttering: European Unification in the Year 2000. Principles, Objectives, Instruments – Michel Burnier: Rationality and Irrationality: Questions of the Subject in a Post-Industrial Democracy – György Széll: Risk and Reason - or The End of the Enlightenment Age – Mohssen Massarrat: Third Chambers: Less State - More Civil Society - A Step to Sustainable Democracy – William Outhwaite: What is European Culture? – Johan Galtung: Democracy for Peace and Development: An Ever-Expanding Agenda – Erika Richter/Heinz Sünker: Pedagogy, Politics, and Intercultural Education – Maurice Blanc/David M. Smith/Tom Storrie: Democracy, Participation and Professional Autonomy in a Changing World: Environmental Professions in France and Britain and the Democratic Challenge – Marcel Bolle De Bal: Democracy and Society in Belgium: Between Old and New Models – Herman Schmid: The Withering Away of the Swedish Welfare State – Colin Randall: A New Style of European Politics? The Ability of Progressive MEPs to Develop a Distinctively New EU-Style of Democratic-Socialist Politics – Ken Coates: The Loss of our First Freedom, or: How to Create New Jobs in Europe – Christof Riegert: The Common Agricultural Policy after Market Integration and Intensification – Lothar Hack: Ambitious and Ambiguous. Institutionalising Socio-Economic Structures in Europe by Networking Technology and Knowledge – Witold Morawski: Economic Democracy and Systematic Transformation: Polish Peculiarities – Laslo Sekelj: Yugoslavia 1990-1996: Change without Transformation – Nikolai Genov: Belated Differentiation of Economy and Politics: How Autonomous Could the Economy be in Bulgaria? – Victor Gerchikov/Marita Koshman: Can Russia Allow Industrial Democracy? – Wiking Ehlert: Epilogue: Europe - Old Societies and New Democracies.