Part 1 Rural Democratization in Theory: Democracy - the missing element in the market celebration, L. Busch; Milpas of the millennium - where will the excluded ones go if the system is global?, A. Bartra; Democracy in the era of globalization, A. Bonanno, R.J. Antonio; dialogue and democracy - creating the social conditions of good talk, M. Mayerfeld Bell; democracy - balancing market, state and civil society, C. Butler Flora; rural democratization in rich countries; global capital and the transformation of rural communities, T.A. Lyson; civic watershed communties, L. Wright Morton; are the new rural development programmes strengthening democracy in Europe? The case of southern Spain, E. Ramos and M. del Mar Delgado. Part 2 Rural Democratization in poor countries: opening democratic spaces in rural Mozambique, R.E. Galli; land inequality in democratic South Africa, F. Hendricks; democracy, class, and gender in land reform - the case of Zimbabwe, S. Jacobs; investing in indigenous people's territories, a new form of ethnocide? The Mapuche case, (J. Calbucura). Democratization processes in rural development (G. Landzuri Bentez).