Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

Democracy Beyond Elections

Government Accountability in the Media Age

Authors: Dimova, Gergana

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  • Presents one of the first methodological empirical analyses of extra-electoral democracy
  • Focuses on government accountability for media accusations
  • Analyses a selection of countries crucial in demonstrating the limits of extra-electoral democracy
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This book provides the analytical framework for understanding the relationship between media scandals, executive accountability and the crisis of democracy. The empirical findings are based on an original database of 6000 media allegations and investigations in Russia, Germany and Bulgaria. Observations gained from the case studies are then placed in relation to a systematic analysis and critique of more than 100 models of the transformation and crisis of democracy. The book will be of particular interest to researchers focusing on democratic theory and political thought, as well as those working empirically in the field of democratic systems.



         

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Gergana Dimova is Associate Lecturer in Global Politics at the University of Winchester, UK. She previously was a researcher at Harvard University, USA, and Cambridge University, UK. She is the chair of the UK Political Science Association Anti-Politics Group and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society.



        

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“Given the current attention on fake news, the focus of the book on the role of media in democracies, and on the accountability following media reports, is extremely pertinent. The fears about the backsliding from democratic norms in the former post-communist block also make this an important perspective. (Frank Vibert, Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“Gergana Dimova’s book is well timed, analytically sound, and theoretically creative. It is a much needed study given the dearth of writing on how governments (authoritarian or not) are held to account beyond the ballot box.” (Stanislav Markus, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, USA)

“The book brings a distinct added value to democratic theory by discerning a phenomenon Dimova aptly names ‘accountability turn’.  Her discussion of public accountability in electoral authoritarianism, which has come to afflict also mature democracies, is extremely timely. The masterful review of existing scholarship also makes this book a perfect teaching tool.” (Albena Azmanova, Reader in Political Theory, University of Kent, UK)

“In an age of fake news and deep fake, this book couldn't be more timely. Gergana Dimova takes a deep dive into the mechanics of media scandals, and various responses to them as a way to gage how democracies cope with the fracturing of electorates and the rise of multiple medias even as democracy itself comes under increasing pressure from populism and authoritarianism. In doing so, she assesses both the threat to and state of democracy in our highly mediatized era, and offers a far more resilient model of democratic responses to media scandals than we usually imagine even as her careful reading suggests the scope and endurance of the danger democracy is facing today.” (James Martel, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University, USA)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democracy Beyond Elections
Book Subtitle
Government Accountability in the Media Age
Authors
Series Title
Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25294-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25294-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25293-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 339
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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