This highly acclaimed and popular academic text is now available in a new edition, having been revised and updated to cover the analyses of the use, abuse and ambiguity of many essential concepts used in political discourse and political studies. These include basic concepts such as liberty, democracy, rights, representation, authority and political power.

New to this edition are three sections of great topical interest:

  • entirely original analysis of global terrorism, which puts the recent developments of Islamic terrorism into perspective by comparing it with earlier examples of terrorist tactics by a variety of state agencies, revolutionary groups and minority nationalist movements
  • extended discussion on multiculturalism, which supplements theoretical arguments with succinct summaries of the differing ways in which ethnic and cultural minorities have been dealt with in Canada, Britain, France and the Netherlands
  • section on democratization that focuses on the problems, social and political and even theological, involved in turning authoritarian regimes into stable democracies in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy is a stimulating guide to current world problems as well as essential reading for foundation courses at first or second year level such as elements of politics, political concepts and ideas and fundamentals in politics.

chapter 1|10 pages


part |2 pages

Part 1: Authority in the modern state

chapter 2|9 pages

Nationalism and the national state

chapter 4|25 pages

Globalization and the national state

chapter 5|23 pages

Global terrorism

chapter 6|16 pages

Political authority and legitimacy

part |2 pages

Part II: The democratic state and the citizen

chapter 7|24 pages


chapter 8|11 pages

Political representation

chapter 9|15 pages

Political participation

chapter 10|18 pages

Liberty and freedom

chapter 11|20 pages


part |2 pages

Part III: Political power and policy making

chapter 12|18 pages

Political power

chapter 13|9 pages


chapter 14|25 pages

Elitism and class dominance

chapter 15|6 pages


part |2 pages

Part IV: Styles of political analysis