Democracy

Democracy : Contemporary Theories

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This text sets contemporary democratic theory in its proper context, tracing the roots of debates in classical ideas. The focus is on challenges which democrats face in seeking to defend democracy. The key theme of the text is the development of the various philosophical foundations for democracy which have been advanced, i.e. the main focus is on the theory of democracy, although this will be grounded in an exploration of democratic institutions. This focus gives a coherence to the book as a whole, highlighting continuity and discontinuity between classical, modern and postmodern understandings of democracy. The book introduces the concept of democracy by focusing on contemporary democratic theory (rather than taking a historical or institutional focus) and by asking what the philosophical (rather than institutional) foundations of democracy might be.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748614680
  • 9780748614684

Table of contents

Section 1 Historical foundations: classical foundations; modern foundations; liberal democracy. Section 2 Shaking the foundations: disillusioned democrats; democracy and the challenge of postmodernity - the death of democracy?. Section 3 Seeking new foundations: refounding modern democracy; new theories of democracy; democracy's future foundations. (Part contents).show more