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The end of democracy as we knew it

Bernd Hamm (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Trier, Trier, Germany)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 13 April 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to summarize the major theoretical elements in the definition of a global ruling class. It then examines how neoconservatives in the USA took power and used regime change to install US-friendly governments in other regions. A strategy of tension is used to press the American population into conformity. But the real revolution is to what extent factual politics escape any attempt to democratic control.

Design/methodology/approach

The research relies on case studies of material already published and provides a synthesis.

Findings

Three case studies show how far the Deep State already goes. Democracy is on the brink of survival.

Originality/value

This paper is an original hypothesis of the potential end of democracy as we know it, supported by empirical data.

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Citation

Hamm, B. (2015), "The end of democracy as we knew it", Foresight, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 161-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-04-2014-0024

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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