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Theories of Democracy

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by Ronald J. Terchek Editor · Thomas C. Conte Editor

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Theories of Democracy builds on Robert Dahl's observation that there is no single theory of democracy; only theories. Beyond the broad commitment to rule by the majority, democracy involves a set of contentious debates concerning the proper function and scope of power, equality, freedom, justice, and interests. In this anthology, Ronald J. Terchek and Thomas C. Conte have brilliantly assembled the works of classical, modern, and contemporary commentators to illustrate the deep and diverse roots of the democratic ideal, as well as to provide materials for thinking about the way some contemporary theories build on different traditions of democratic theorizing. The arguments addressed in Theories of Democracy appear in the voices of authors who have championed influential theories concerning the opportunities and dangers associated with democratic politics. In this collection, Terchek and Conte have selected excerpts not as a means for promoting a particular way of looking at democracy, but rather they have wisely chosen works that will enable students to carry on an informed discourse on the meaning and purposes of democratic principles and practices. Theories of Democracy is a must for every student of democracy's past, present, and future.

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Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date:
2000

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Ronald J. Terchek (Editor)

Ronald J. Terchek is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of Republican Paradoxes and Liberal Anxieties: Retrieving Neglected Fragments of Political Theory and Gandhi: Struggling for Auto...

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Creators

Contributor :
Iris Marion Young
Contributor :
Thomas Paine
Contributor :
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Contributor :
Max Weber
Contributor :
Milton Friedman
Contributor :
Cornel West
Contributor :
Alexis Tocqueville
Contributor :
Jurgen Habermas
Contributor :
Michel Foucault
Contributor :
Robert Bellah
Contributor :
Anne Phillips
Contributor :
John Rawls
Contributor :
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Contributor :
John Dewey
Contributor :
Aung San Suu Kyi
Contributor :
Benjamin Barber
Contributor :
James Madison
Contributor :
John Stuart Mill
Contributor :
Chantal Mouffe
Contributor :
William Connolly
Contributor :
Niccolo Machiavelli
Contributor :
John Locke
Contributor :
Anthony Downs
Contributor :
Mahatma Gandhi
Contributor :
Adolfo Perez Esquivel
Editor :
Ronald J. Terchek
Editor :
Thomas C. Conte
Contributor :
Joseph Schumpeter
Contributor :
John Winthrop
Contributor :
Horace Mann
Contributor :
Friedrich Hayek
Contributor :
Arthur Bentley
Contributor :
Robert Dahl
Contributor :
Noberto Bobbio
Contributor :
"Liberal/Democratic Divide
Contributor :
" Sheldon Wolin
Contributor :
, Aristotle
Contributor :
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
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