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Spaces of Democracy

Clive Barnett, Murray Low
Sage Publications (August 2004)

In an historically unprecedented way, democracy is now increasingly seen as a universal model of legitimate rule. This work addresses the key question: how can democracy be understood in theory and in practice?

In three thematically organised sections, Spaces of Democracy uses a critical geographical imagination (informed by thinking on space, place and scale) to interrogate the latest work in democratic theory. Key ideas and concepts discussed include globalisation and transnationalism; representation; citizenship; liberalism; the city and public space; and the media.

This volume comprises commissioned work by leading academics investigating democracy. Historical and comparative, animated by wider debates on globalisation, it will facilitate the critical discussion of core questions on citizenship, the state and democracy. This book is essential reading for students of human geography, political science, international relations and political sociology.

  • Clive Barnett is based at the Open University, Milton Keynes. 
  • Murray Low is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science