chapter  17
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Conclusion: broadening democracy and the labour movement

ByGeoffrey Wood

The economic pressures associated with the unification of markets, the deregulation of financial services, the homogenization of consumer taste and the scaling back of tariff barriers have placed specific pressures on both emerging and established democracies. To Perry Anderson (2000), these two developments have led to a contradictory situation, where well-established autocracies from Indonesia to apartheid South Africa have been dismantled, yet democracy has been weakened at its core. In new and established democracies, corporate interests are moulding and confining the political discourse within increasingly narrow limits (Hertz 2001).