The concepts and rhetoric of democracy are once again the main focus of this Redescriptions' volume from four different perspectives. The articles take up the claim of representative democracy as an elective aristocracy, the past and present of the British parliament, the media's dealing with gender in the US presidential campaign and the reactivated debate on obligatory voting. Two articles deal with the legal language of politics, namely with the German tradition of international law and with the unproblematic concept of human rights today, and a further one with the politics of languages.
Kari Palonen is Academy of Finland Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of Jyväskylä. His main fields of research are history of political thought and concepts, rhetoric and conceptual history of parliamentarism and the political thought of Max Weber.