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PAIR2010 The Struggle for Democracy

Module Overview

To introduce the theoretical underpinnings of the democratic state; to outline theoretical and practical changes and challenges to the democratic state both today and in the future; to draw links between theoretical ideas about the democratic state and democratic politics in action.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe and critically examine contending theoretical accounts of the modern democratic state
  • Identify contemporary and future challenges to the democratic state
  • Identify and assess contending critiques of democracy and their related conceptions of democratic reform
  • Link key aspects or versions of democratic theory to contemporary democratic practices


The emergence of the democratic state; key critiques of democracy in theory and practice; contemporary and emerging challenges and changes to the democratic state; trends and innovations in democratic practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Independent Study125
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Dryzek, J. S. and Dunleavy, P. (2009). Theories of the Democratic State. 

Books, journal articles, newspaper articles, specialised website and other internet sources. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 70%
Essay  (1000 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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