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Modernization and Its Political Consequences: Weber, Mannheim, and Schumpeter

Hans Blokland


People's capacity to give meaning and direction to social life is an essential dimension of political freedom. Yet many citizens of Western democracies believe that this freedom has become quite restricted. They feel they are at the mercy of anonymous structures and processes over which they have little control, structures and processes that present them with options and realities they might not have chosen if they had any real choice. As a result, political interest declines and political cynicism flourishes. The underlying cause of the powerlessness pervading the current political system cou ... More

Keywords: social life, political freedom, Western democracies, political system, modernization, society, politics, Max Weber, choice, Karl Mannheim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110814
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Blokland, author