This book addresses the key question of why socially innovative initiatives,
including attempts to rejuvenate democracy by introducing new modes of
participation, are not leading to a democratization of the State or overcoming the
gap between political leaders and people. Offering insights from three leading
voices of contemporary social sciences to address the failures of contemporary
democracies, the book explores the potentialities of progressive socio-political
agendas, strategies, and movements seeking to overcome these failures.