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Democracy Without A Majority?

Non-Fiction, Politics / Economics

An earthquake in the political world

The system of Grand Old Parties which shaped Germany and Austria in the decades after 1945 is gone forever. Once the Cold War ended, new lines of conflict started to divide society, with these lines cutting straight through the heart of the traditional parties. The size difference between the larger and smaller parties is shrinking. Under these circumstances, majorities are harder to organize.
Germany’s leading expert on party politics, Michael Koß, sees a formidable challenge in this development. But this is not necessarily catastrophic, despite increasing levels of conflict. Citizens and politicians are now compelled to reshape their understanding of democracy and to learn its new rules.


• This notable book analyzes the lines which no longer separate the Left from the Right and global-minded from nationalist interests
• Michael Koß is one of the “most distinguished experts on contemporary democracies” (Die Zeit)
• Various publications by Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan

Michael Koß

Prof. Michael Koß, born in 1976, is a German political scientist whose areas of expertise include comparative politics, Germany’s federal system, and democracy studies. Along with Daniel Ziblatt, he is considered “one of the most distinguished experts on contemporary democracies” (Die Zeit). Since October 2019, Koß has been Professor for Political Science at Leuphana University in Lüneburg.

 

Democracy Without A Majority?

An earthquake in the political world

The system of Grand Old Parties which shaped Germany and Austria in the decades after 1945 is gone forever. Once the Cold War ended, new lines of conflict started to divide society, with these lines cutting straight through the heart of the traditional parties. The size difference between the larger and smaller parties is shrinking. Under these circumstances, majorities are harder to organize.
Germany’s leading expert on party politics, Michael Koß, sees a formidable challenge in this development. But this is not necessarily catastrophic, despite increasing levels of conflict. Citizens and politicians are now compelled to reshape their understanding of democracy and to learn its new rules.


• This notable book analyzes the lines which no longer separate the Left from the Right and global-minded from nationalist interests
• Michael Koß is one of the “most distinguished experts on contemporary democracies” (Die Zeit)
• Various publications by Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan

Bibliographic Data
272 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-28263-5
First published 2021