This edited volume argues that democracy is broader and more diverse than the dominant state-centered, modern representative democracies to which other modes of democracy are either presumed subordinate or ignored. The contributors seek to overcome the standard opposition of democracy from below (participatory) and democracy from above (representative). Rather, they argue that through differently situated participatory and representative practices, citizens and governments can develop democratic ways of cooperating without hegemony and subordination, and that these relationships can be transformative. This work proposes a slow but sure, nonviolent, ecosocial and sustainable process of democratic generation and growth with the capacity to critique and transform unjust and ecologically destructive social systems. This volume integrates human-centric democracies into a more mutual, interdependent and sustainable system on earth whereby everyone gains. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
James Tully is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Law at the University of Victoria.
Keith Cherry is Postdoctoral Fellow of Law at the University of Alberta.
Fonna Forman is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego.
Jeanne Morefield is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, Fellow at New College, and Non-Residential Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
Joshua Nichols is Assistant Professor of Law at McGill University.
Pablo Ouziel is cofounder of the Cedar Trees Institute and Associate Fellow with the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria.
David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton.
Oliver Schmidtke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria.