Modernization and its political consequences [electronic resource] : Weber, Mannheim, and Schumpeter / Hans Blokland ; translated by Nancy Smyth Van Weesep.
By: Blokland, Hans Theodorus.Material type: TextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006Description: 1 online resource (xv, 261 p.).ISBN: 9780300134827 (electronic bk.); 0300134827 (electronic bk.); 1281734756; 9781281734754.Uniform titles: Modernisering en haar politieke gevolgen. English Subject(s): Political science -- Philosophy | Politics and culture | Electronic books | PHILOSOPHY -- Political | პოლიტიკა-- პოლიტოლოგიაGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Modernization and its political consequences.DDC classification: 320.01 LOC classification: JA71 | .B54513 2006ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-250) and indexes.
Max Weber -- Karl Mannheim -- Joseph Schumpeter -- Synthesis: the modernization of politics and society.
People's capacity to give meaning and direction to social life is an essential dimension of political freedom. Yet many citizens of Western democracies believe that this freedom has become quite restricted. They feel they are at the mercy of anonymous structures and processes over which they have little control, structures and processes that present them with options and realities they might not have chosen if they had any real choice. As a result, political interest declines and political cynicism flourishes. The underlying cause of the powerlessness pervading the current political system could be modernization. Taking the work of Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, and Joseph Schumpeter as a point of departure, Hans Blokland here examines this process. The topics covered are, among others, the meaning of modernisation, the forces that drive it, and, especially, the consequences of modernisation for the political freedom of citizens to influence the course of their society via democratic politics.
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