CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES TO DEMOCRACY
Cristiana Budac, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Mihai Murariu, West University of Timisoara, Romania
The end of the Cold War has seen an extensive replication of the democratic model across the globe, a process taking place in societies with very different political and cul- tural traditions. Nevertheless, merely three decades after their expansion, the democratic normative model is showing increasing signs of fatigue, as well as increasing numbers of challenges on all fronts. These extensive challenges range from the rise and sustained success of hybrid regimes and illiberal democracies, to the complex systemic crises which have hit the postwar political establishment, as well as issues pertaining to democracy deficits encountered in global governance, concerns regarding accountability and rule of law, and, last but not least, the increasingly volatile security environment in the face of an upsurge in radicalism and threats posed by non-state actors.
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- Contemporary practical challenges to social democracies and welfare states
- The legacy of the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe`s democracies
- The challenges posed by authoritarian and hybrid regimes
- Security versus freedom
- Political awareness and democracy
- Politics and economy
- Political philosophy
- Politics, democracy, and new media
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Cristiana Budac is lecturer at the West University of Timișoara, the Department of Political Science. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and teaches political philosophy, political psychology, and political ethics. She has published a book on Max Weber, De la vocația cumpătării la o lume dezvrăjită. Studii despre filosofia lui Max Weber (Brumar, 2011) and various articles on political philosophy.
Mihai Murariu is a researcher at the West University of Timișoara, the Department of Political Science, with a PhD in Political Science (WWU Münster). He has published a book with Springer VS, entitled Totality, Charisma, Authority. The Origins and Transformations of Totalist Movements (2017), and one with Eikon, entitled Radical Peripheries: Heterodoxy, Modernity and Totality in Japan and Romania (2019). His research interests include ideo- logy, totalism, security, globalisation, terrorism, international relations, and modernity.