Educational Unit, Leadership Advocacy Centre,
Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University,
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Contemporary democracy is one of the pressing issues facing global politics today, it has become a contentious debate among policymakers and political analysts in the 21st century. The “wave” of democratization across countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America after the collapsed of the Soviet Union jostled the world political landscape. In the recent time, democracy is being re-thought, the discordant voices among the populist are questioning the contemporary democratic practice which has resulted in mass protest, emotional apathy towards the democratic process, and demand for social reform from elected authorities.
This special issue topic will look at the social polarization of democracy, economic inequality, and democratic discontent as they relate to citizens’ participation in contemporary democracies. Democracy is still, the most acceptable process of electing representatives in the contemporary world despite contrary views. This special issue will also address how citizens’ indifference to democratic norms can undermine security, economic and social-infra-structural development.
The aims of this special issue topic are threefold. First, it is to look at the social-economic factors causing citizens disenchantment in participating in the contemporary democratic process. The second aim offers to analyze the remote causes of the challenges identified. The third aim examines a plausible approach for people and stakeholders to resolve the social-economic challenges threatening contemporary democracies. Analytical presentation of the special issue topic will determine the significance of contemporary democracies to the citizens and how citizens’ indifference can be a threat to contemporary democracies.