Models of Democracy

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2006-08-25
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

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In a succinct and far-reaching analysis, David Held provides an introduction to major theories of democracy from classical Greece to the present, along with a critical discussion of what democracy should mean today. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to take into account significant transformations in world politics. A new chapter on deliberative democracy has been added, which focuses on how citizen participation can be increased in politics, and how that participation can become more informed. Like its predecessor, the third edition of Models of Democracy combines lucid exposition and clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it highly attractive to students and experts in the field. The third edition will prove essential reading for all those interested in politics, political theory, and political philosophy. Praise for the second edition: "Held's new book on models of democracy is itself a model of its kinda meticulously edited, easily accessible, and clearly signposted critical analysis of theories of democracy from classical antiquity to the present day."Ethics "In this timely and thought-provoking study, Held provides a critical reassessment of major theories of democracy from ancient Greece to the present, along with his own prescription for revitalizing contemporary democratic politics. . . . This volume should be read and pondered by anyone interested in the future of democracy."The Annals

Author Biography

David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. viii
Preface to the Third Editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Classic Models
Classical Democracy: Athensp. 11
Political ideals and aimsp. 13
Institutional featuresp. 17
The exclusivity of ancient democracyp. 19
The criticsp. 23
In sum: model Ip. 27
Republicanism: Liberty, Self-Government and the Active Citizenp. 29
The eclipse and re-emergence of homo politicusp. 29
The reforging of republicanismp. 32
Republicanism, elective government and popular sovereigntyp. 36
From civic life to civic gloryp. 40
The republic and the general willp. 43
In sum: model IIap. 44
In sum: model IIbp. 48
The public and the privatep. 49
The Development of Liberal Democracy: For and Against the Statep. 56
Power and sovereigntyp. 60
Citizenship and the constitutional statep. 62
Separation of powersp. 65
The problem of factionsp. 70
Accountability and marketsp. 75
In sum: model IIIap. 78
Liberty and the development of democracyp. 79
The dangers of despotic power and an overgrown statep. 81
Representative governmentp. 84
The subordination of womenp. 88
Competing conceptions of the 'ends of government'p. 91
In sum: model IIIbp. 92
Direct Democracy and the End of Politicsp. 96
Class and class conflictp. 96
History as evolution and the development of capitalismp. 98
Two theories of the statep. 103
The end of politicsp. 108
Competing conceptions of Marxismp. 116
In sum: model IVp. 120
Variants from the Twentieth Century
Competitive Elitism and the Technocratic Visionp. 125
Classes, power and conflictp. 126
Bureaucracy, parliaments and nation-statesp. 129
Competitive elitist democracyp. 134
Liberal democracy at the crossroadsp. 138
The last vestige of democracy?p. 141
Democracy, capitalism and socialismp. 144
'Classical' v. modern democracyp. 146
A technocratic visionp. 152
In sum: model Vp. 157
Pluralism, Corporate Capitalism and the Statep. 158
Group politics, governments and powerp. 160
Politics, consensus and the distribution of powerp. 165
Democracy, corporate capitalism and the statep. 169
Accumulation, legitimation and the restricted sphere of the politicalp. 172
In sum: model VIp. 173
The changing form of representative institutionsp. 179
From Postwar Stability to Political Crisis: The Polarization of Political Idealsp. 185
A legitimate democratic order or a repressive regime?p. 187
Overloaded state or legitimation crisis?p. 190
Crisis theories: an assessmentp. 196
Law, liberty and democracyp. 201
In sum: model VIIp. 207
Participation, liberty and democracyp. 209
In sum: model VIIIp. 215
Democracy after Soviet Communismp. 217
The historical backdropp. 218
The triumph of economic and political liberalism?p. 220
The renewed necessity of Marxism and democracy from 'below'?p. 225
Deliberative Democracy and the Defence of the Public Realmp. 231
Reason and participationp. 232
The limits of democratic theoryp. 234
The aims of deliberative democracyp. 237
What is sound public reasoning? Impartialism and its criticsp. 238
Institutions of deliberative democracyp. 246
Value pluralism and democracyp. 252
In sum: model IXp. 253
What Should Democracy Mean Today?
Democratic Autonomyp. 259
The appeal of democracyp. 260
The principle of autonomyp. 262
Enacting the principlep. 267
The heritage of classic and twentieth-century democratic theoryp. 271
Democracy: a double-sided processp. 275
Democratic autonomy: compatibilities and incompatibilitiesp. 281
In sum: model Xap. 282
Democracy, the Nation-State and the Global Systemp. 290
Democratic legitimacy and bordersp. 291
Regional and global flows: old and newp. 292
Sovereignty, autonomy and disjuncturesp. 294
Rethinking democracy for a more global age: the cosmopolitan modelp. 304
In sum: model Xbp. 308
A utopian project?p. 309
Acknowledgementsp. 312
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 328
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