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