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Kidnapped Democracy

By Ramón A. Feenstra

Kidnapped Democracy uses the metaphor of captivity to illustrate the differences and similarities between conventional kidnappings and the hijacking of a political system.

Paperback ISBN: 9781786613615 Release date: Nov 2019
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Hardback ISBN: 9781786613622 Release date: Nov 2019
£60.00 €84.00 $90.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786613639 Release date: Nov 2019
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Series: Polemics

Pages: 64

Large sections of democracy and its basic structures have recently been hijacked. By stealth, powerful elites have gradually gained control of the political sphere and transformed it to serve their own interests. The political systems of what appear to be established democracies in all corners of the world are showing signs of this takeover, which has led to widespread citizen disaffection and indignation. Kidnapped Democracy uses the metaphor of captivity to illustrate the differences and similarities between conventional kidnappings and the hijacking of a political system. The book’s nine chapters identify the kidnappers, the accomplices, the hostages, the victims and the negotiators before examining the effect of a peculiar Stockholm syndrome and, finally, reflecting on possible ways to secure the release of democracy.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Raising the Alarm

Chapter 2: The Hostages (I): Political Parties and Governments

Chapter 3: The Hostages (II): The Mass Media

Chapter 4: The Hostages (III): Trade Unions

Chapter 5: Hostages or Accomplices?

Chapter 6: The Kidnappers

Chapter 7: Victims’ Response: From Stockholm Syndrome to Defiance

Chapter 8: Negotiators

Chapter 9: The Struggle for Liberation

References

About the Author

Index

Ramón A. Feenstra teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Spain.

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