Benjamin Barber on Terminology - Dictionary of Arguments
Brocker I 682
Terminology/Barber: Def Thin Democracy/Barber: Representative democracy (see Political Representation/Barber) has two weaknesses: 1. It has often proved to be weakly resistant to dictatorial and totalitarian temptations, 2. It is incapable of overcoming its inner functional problems on its own. Thus, liberal democracy lacks binding power and transformation potential. (1)
Def Strong democracy/Barber: is characterized by more direct opportunities for participation. See Democracy/Barber, Democratic Theory/Barber.
Brocker I 685
Its core elements are public cooperation, creativity and transformation. A self-governing community of citizens is emerging, united less by common interests than by civic education. Here, citizens have acquired the ability to pursue common goals through civic attitudes rather than through altruism or good nature. (2)
Brocker I 686
Def Authoritarian Democracy/Barber: appears at first glance to be a variant of communitarianism (3), but in reality is based on the authority of a powerful elite in a strong state that rules "in the name of security and order" over a "submissive citizenship". (4)
Def Juridic Democracy/Barber: based on conflict resolution by an elite of judges.
Def Pluralistic Democracy/Barber: here decisions are negotiated between groups whose internal relationship, however, remains determined by a gap between elites and passive members.
1. Benjamin Barber, Strong Democary, Participatory Politics for a New Age, Berkeley CA, 1984, Dt. Benjamin Barber, Starke Demokratie. Über die Teilhabe am Politischen, Hamburg 1994, p. 32
2. Ibid. p. 99
3. Ibid. p. 131
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