Democracy's Values

Forsideomslag
Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Ian Shapiro, Ian Shapiro, Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Russell Hardin
Cambridge University Press, 19. aug. 1999 - 201 sider
Democracy has been a flawed hegemony since the fall of communism. Its flexibility, its commitment to equality of representation, and its recognition of the legitimacy of opposition politics are all positive features for political institutions. But democracy has many deficiencies: it is all too easily held hostage by powerful interests; it often fails to advance social justice; and it does not cope well with a number of features of the political landscape, such as political identities, boundary disputes, and environmental crises. Although democracy is valuable it fits uneasily with other political values and is in many respects less than equal to the demands it confronts. In this volume (and its companion Democracy's Edges) prominent political theorists and social scientists present original discussions of such central issues. Democracy's Values deals with the nature and value of democracy, particularly the tensions between it and such goods as justice, equality, efficiency, and freedom.
 

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Indhold

Promises and disappointments reconsidering democracys value
1
Minimal democracy
21
Minimalist conception of democracy a defense
23
Does democracy engender justice?
56
Democracy and other goods
69
Beyond minimalism
91
Democracy and development a complex relationship
93
Death and taxes extractive equality and the development of democratic institutions
112
Democracy and development?
132
State civil society and social justice
141
Republican freedom and contestatory democratization
163
Contestatory democracy versus real freedom for all
191
Index
199
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