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Klaus von Beyme

*3 July 1934 † 6 December 2021

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus von Beyme has passed away on 6 December 2021 at the age of 87.

Obituaries by colleagues and in the global press may be accessed here and from the editor of this series.
The religious service on Klaus von Beyme on 29 December 2021 from 12:00-12:30 in the Chapel Church in Heidelberg may be listened to here:

Nachrufe und Berichte der deutschsprachigen Presse sind hier zugänglich.
Den Gedenkgottesdienst zur Beerdigung von Klaus von Beyme am Mittwoch, dem 29. Dezember 2021, 12:00-12:30, in der Kapellengemeinde Heidelberg finden Sie hier:


Vol 20

Klaus von Beyme: From Post-Democracy to Neo-Democracy (Cham-Heidelberg - New York - Dordrecht - London: Springer- Springer International Publishing, 2018).

ISBN: 978-3-319-66660-0 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-3-319-66661-7(EBook)
Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66661-7_ (add chapter no.)

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  • State of the art of the political science debate on postdemocracy
  • Proposals from political science on reform of democracy
  • The author was a former president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)

This book of a renowned political scientist and specialist in political theory fundamentally challenges the new fashion of post-democracy by offering an outlook on ‘neo-democracy’. The political periods are similar to epochs in modern art, where ‘neo’ succeeded Post-impressionism and Post-expressionism. This book reviews the topical debate on postdemocracy and scenarios of decline in democratic theory without the alternative of dictatorship. It discusses criticism of politics in the old and new media and a new culture of protest. It addresses new forms of participation and the dangers of populism and right-wing extremism. It proposes institutional reforms of democracy, of the parliamentary system and the party state, in negotiations of coalition-building, in governmental declarations and for the policy output. The book concludes with a debate of normative models of democracy from ‘Post-democracy’ to ‘Neo-democracy’, models of justice and theories of democratic reform.

Previous Springer Books by Klaus von Beyme in the PDP Series are here.