Reflections on the Right to Democracy

Friday, July 18, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Room: Booth 46
TG03 Human Rights and Global Justice (host committee)

Language: English

To date, the subject of democracy has been explored primarily by philosophers and political scientists. Whereas the former have tended to analyze notable texts on the nature of democracy (particularly in the tradition of the European Enlightenment), the latter have tended to explore processes of democratization in the contemporary world (including the transitions from authoritarian to electoral regimes in Latin America and Eastern Europe). In light of their explorations not only of social movements pushing for greater popular participation and human rights but also of the policymaking activities of different types of regimes, sociologists have much to contribute to the debate on the meaning of democracy. Accordingly, this panel catalogs the contributions of sociologists to the understanding of democracy as a human right. This panel convenes scholars to work through the interrelated debates on electoral democracy versus direct democracy, centralization versus decentralization, the role of state power, and non-Western models of democracy.
Session Organizer:
Mark FREZZO, University of Mississippi, USA
Mark FREZZO, University of Mississippi, USA
Mark FREZZO, University of Mississippi, USA
The Local Construction Of a Human Right To Democracy (Oral Presentation)
Benjamin GREGG, University of Texas at Austin, USA

The Right to Democracy and the State in Moments of Crisis: Lessons from the History of Radical Unionism (Oral Presentation)
Robert MACPHERSON, University of California Irvine, USA

Party Nomination of Candidates and Under-Represented Groups in Nigeria: A Study of Local Council Elections in Enugu State (Oral Presentation)
J. Tochukwu OMENMA, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Nigeria

Reclaiming Democracy: Popular Participation of the Left and Right in Venezuela and Bolivia (Oral Presentation)
Gabriel HETLAND, UC Berkeley Dept of Sociology, USA