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Cesare Pinelli
New Challenges To Political Representation And Democracy
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The essay is devoted to the new challenges to democracy in
spite of its current worldwide expansion. According to the
Author, these challenges require a fresh approach to democratic
institutions and devices, departing from political representation,
namely the main system through which democracy has
historically developed. After giving a brief account of the
European experience, that gives the most significant array of
practices and traditions concerning political representation and
further democratic mechanisms, attention is driven to
phenomenons such as the rise of populism in certain countries, the
influence of media diffused at the global scale in shaping public
opinion, their impact on political representation, and the erosion
of political accountability. The essay poses the question of whether
these phenomenons are likely to be considered within a broader
approach to the concept of democracy.

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