Democracy is being discussed in very different contexts at present; for instance, as the political system of the future in the Arab states of North Africa seeking a new political order after the overthrow of their dictators. For young elites democracy is seen as a guarantee of a change for the better, future opportunities, and political co-determination. This positive narrative of democracy contrasts with the almost simultaneous outbreak of waves of protest. The financial crisis led to the development of enormous potential for the mobilisation of social movements. Our current issue about „Mapping Democracy“ investigates today’s discussion of democracy in all its ambivalence: democracy as both full of promise and in, integrating and excluding society, and as a sovereign political system corrupted by private interests.
Editor-in-Chief, Fikrun wa Fann/Art&Thought