Democracy and Crisis

Challenges in Turbulent Times

  • Wolfgang Merkel
  • Sascha Kneip

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Wolfgang Merkel
    Pages 1-28
  3. Participation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Werner Krause, Wolfgang Merkel
      Pages 31-47
    3. Bernhard Weßels
      Pages 49-69
  4. Representation

  5. Governance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 369-373

About this book


In light of the public and scholarly debates on the challenges and problems of established democracies, such as a lack of participation, declining confidence in political elites, and the deteriorating capabilities of democratic institutions, this volume discusses the question whether democracy as such is in crisis. On the basis of the shared concept of embedded democracy, it develops a range of conceptual approaches to empirically analyzing the challenges of democracy and their potential transformation into crisis phenomena. 

The book is divided into three parts, the first of which highlights various aspects of political participation, such as political inequality in voting. In turn, Part II focuses on problems of political representation, while Part III assesses whether processes such as globalization, deregulation, and the withdrawal of the state from important policy areas have limited the political control and legitimacy of democratically elected governments. 


Crisis of democracy Post-democracy Political parties Voters and elections Euro crisis Populism Globalization and democracy Crisis of democracy Political participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Merkel
    • 1
  • Sascha Kneip
    • 2
  1. 1.WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.WZB Berlin Social Science CenterBerlinGermany

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