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Democratic Dilemmas : Why Democracies Ban Political Parties - by Angela K. Bourne (Hardcover)

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This book examines how democratic communities resolve dilemmas posed by anti-system parties or, more specifically, the question of why democracies take the grave decision to ban political parties. On the one hand, party bans may ‘protect’ democracies, usually from groups deemed to undermine the democratic system or its core values, territorial integrity or state security. At the same time, banning parties challenges foundational democratic commitments to political pluralism, tolerance and rights to free speech and association. The book probes the deliberative processes, discursive strategies and power politics employed when democratic communities negotiate this dilemma. It examines discourses of securitization and desecuritization, preferences of veto-players, anti-system party orientations to violence, electoral systems and the cordon sanitaire as alternatives to party bans, and incentives for mainstream parties to cooperate, rather than ban, parties to achieve office and policy goals. It does so with reference to case studies of party bans, legalizations and failed ban cases in Spain (Herri Batasuna and successors), the United Kingdom (Sinn Féin and Republican Clubs) and Germany (Socialist Reich Party and National Democratic Party of Germany).

Number of Pages: 265
Genre: Political Science
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Angela K. Bourne
Language: English
Street Date: July 3, 2018
TCIN: 53524854
UPC: 9781138898011
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-3711
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