9780300084559

On Democracy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300084559

  • ISBN10:

    0300084552

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2000-08-11
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Summary

In this accessible and authoritative book, an eminent political theorist provides a primer on democracy that clarifies what it is, why it is valuable, how it works, and what challenges it confronts in the future.

Table of Contents

Do We Really Need a Guide?
1(6)
PART I. THE BEGINNING
Where and How Did Democracy Develop? A Brief History
7(19)
What Lies Ahead?
26(9)
PART II: IDEAL DEMOCRACY
What Is Democracy?
35(9)
Why Democracy?
44(18)
Why Political Equality I? Intrinsic Equality
62(7)
Why Political Equality II? Civic Competence
69(14)
PART III. ACTUAL DEMOCRACY
What Political Institutions Does Large-Scale Democracy Require?
83(17)
Varities I: Democracy on Different Scales
100(19)
Varieties II: Constitutions
119(11)
Varieties III: Parties and Electroal Systems
130(15)
PART IV. Conditions Favorable and Unfavorable
What Underlying Conditions Favor Democracy?
145(21)
Why Market-Capitalism Favors Democracy
166(7)
Why Market-Capitalism Harms Democracy
173(7)
The Unfinished Journey
180(9)
Appendix A. On Electroal Systems 189(3)
Appendix B. Political Accommodation in Culturally or Ethnically Divided Countries 192(4)
Appendix C. On Counting Democratic Countries 196(5)
Notes 201(8)
Further Reading 209(4)
Acknowledgments 213(2)
Index 215

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