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What kind of education is needed for democracy? How can education respond to the challenges that current democracies face? This unprecedented Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the most important ideas, issues, and thinkers within democratic education. Its thirty chapters are written by leading experts in the field in an accessible format. Its breadth of purpose and depth of analysis will appeal to both researchers and practitioners in education and politics. The Handbook addresses not only the historical roots and philosophical foundations of democratic education, but also engages with contemporary political issues and key challenges to the project of democratic education.


‘In times of democratic crises on a global scale, we need to rethink what kind of education it takes to bring forth a democratic ethos. This Handbook presents the most profound reflections on this crucial topic by an impressive group of stellar scholars and thus defines the state of the art in this interdisciplinary field. A true landmark, for many years to come.'

Rainer Forst - Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

‘As democracy faces significant challenges around the world, this volume reminds us that perpetuating and improving democracy requires significant effort. This tremendous collection of scholars help us understand why and how schools should shoulder that important responsibility. Their comprehensive account weaves together important historical thinkers who championed democracy, key philosophical concepts of democracy, and commentary on struggles in democracy today.'

Sarah M. Stitzlein - University of Cincinnati, USA and Editor of the journal Democracy & Education

‘This collection is necessary reading for scholars and students of democratic education. As the new standard-bearer in the field, the volume includes a thoughtfully broad range of approaches across global perspectives. At a time of increasing anxieties regarding the fragility of democracy and the educational projects that might support it, this handbook provides a clear-eyed view of the best of the tradition and the possibilities ahead.'

Winston Thompson - The Ohio State University, USA

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