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The Price of Democracy

How Money Shapes Politics and What to Do about It

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$37.00 • £32.95 • €33.95

ISBN 9780674987289

Publication Date: 03/31/2020


464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

72 illus.


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  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Democratic Exhaustion
  • I. When the Poor Pay for the Rich
    • 1. The Cost of Democracy: First Benchmarks
    • 2. The Private Funding of Democracy: A System Designed for the Rich
    • 3. The Realities of Private Funding: When the Taxes of the Many Pay for the Conservative Preferences of the Few
    • 4. Beyond Politics: Private Funding of the “Public Good”
  • II. Missed Opportunities
    • 5. A Hope? Public Funding of Parties and Election Campaigns
    • 6. The Public Funding of Democracy: A System in Danger
    • 7. Are America’s Aberrations a Danger for Europe?
    • 8. The Price of a Vote: From Local Elections to General Microtargeting
  • III. Let’s Save Democracy! Reshaping Political and Social Democracy
    • 9. Has the Last Word Been Said? From the Illusion of Permanence to the Novelty of Democratic Vouchers
    • 10. Toward a Democratization of the “Private” Funding of Democracy and a New Way of Publicly Funding Parties
    • 11. Toward a Mixed Assembly: Social and Political
  • Conclusion: The Prerequisites of “Permanent” Democracy
  • Notes
  • Contents in Detail
  • List of Figures
  • Index

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