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“A welcome reminder that constitutions have to survive in the face of incalculable changes.”—Jeremy Waldron, Times Literary Supplement

“A tour de force of the highest order and addresses itself to one of the hottest market areas of the field, to students of democracy in sociology, political science, and history of ideas.… An extraordinarily impressive book on all accounts.”—Zoltán Tarr, Contemporary Sociology

Chapter List

Introduction: The Problem

1. Constitutional and Participatory Conceptions of Democracy

2. The Historical Roots of Constitutional Democratic Regimes

3. The Cultural and Political Programs of Modernity: Basic Premises

4. The Cultural Program of Modernity: Antinomies, Tensions, Contradictions, and Criticisms

5. The Political Program of Modernity: Tensions Between Pluralistic and Jacobin Tendencies

6. The Political Process in Modern Societies: Protest Movements and the Redefinition of the Political

7. Social Movements in Modern Constitutional Regimes

8. The Challenge of Incorporating Protest: The Non-Zero-Sum Game Conception of Politics and the Structuring of Trust in Modern Societies

9. Tendencies to Deconsolidaiton of Democracy in Contemporary Societies

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