Democracy

Democracy : A Reader

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A Reader designed to provide students with a broad range of texts on Democracy from Classic Political Philosophy to the present day. Arranged into four sections - 1. Traditional Affirmations of Democracy; 2. Key Concepts; 3. Critiques of Democracy; 4. Contemporary Issues - this Reader features key statements from a large number of writers including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Bentham, Wollstonecraft, Schumpeter, Berlin, Marx, Lenin, Phillips, Rawls, Walzer, Weber, Hayek, Habermas, Scruton, Barry, Giddens, and Mouffe. Key topics include: * Freedom and Autonomy * Equality * Representation * Majority Rule * Citizenship * Marxist and Socialist Critiques * Conservative, Elitist and Authoritarian Critiques * Feminist Critiques * Participation * Rational Choice * Civil Society * The Market * Nationalism * Multiculturalism * Non-Western Perspectives * Deliberation * The Future of Democracy Written with the needs of the student in mind, a general introduction highlights the historical complexity of the subject and guides readers through the current areas of controversy. A comprehensive bibliography is structured to follow the major divisions of the text. This is the only Reader easily available that covers the subject of Democracy in such a broad way. Its comprehensive nature and the editorial commentaries will make it an ideal text for students. Key Features: *Democracy is a core element of all Politics courses - this is the only Reader available in the area * Comprehensive coverage of the core texts on the subject of Democracy makes the Reader likely to become a set text on Democracy courses * Broad-ranging - moves from classical political philosophy to the future of democracy * Accessible - assumes no prior familiarity with the subjectshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 168 x 242 x 32mm | 1,179.35g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074861267X
  • 9780748612673
  • 1,151,300

About Ricardo Blaug

Ricardo Blaug is a Reader in Democratic Theory at the University of Westminster. John Schwarzmantel is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leeds. He is author of Ideology and Politics (Sage, 2008) and Citizenship and Identity (Routledge, 2003).show more

Table of contents

Selection of contents: PART ONE: Traditional Affirmations of Democratic Values Pericles, Funeral Oration; Aristotle, The Politics; Machiavelli, The Discourses; Hobbes, Leviathan; J.-J. Rousseau, The Social Contract; J.S. Mill, Representative Government; De Tocqueville, Democracy in America; Paine, Rights of Man; A. Lincoln, Gettysburg Address; J.A. Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy; PART TWO: Key Concepts Freedom and Autonomy I. Kant, Political Writings; I. Berlin, Two Concepts of Liberty; R.P Wolff, In Defense of Anarchism; Equality J. Locke, Second Treatise on Government; Rousseau, Social Contract; Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality; B. Williams, The Idea of Equality; Representation; Burke, Speech to Bristol Electors; James Mill, Essay on Government; A. Phillips, The Politics of Presence; I.M. Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference; Majority Rule Rousseau, Social Contract; J.S. Mill, Representative Government; De Tocqueville, Democracy in America; G. Sartori, Theory of Democracy Revisited; R.A. Dahl, Polyarchy, Participation and Opposition; Citizenship Aristotle, Politics; T.H. Marshall, Class, Citizenship and Social Development; W. Kymlicka and W. Norman, The Return of the Citizen; PART THREE: Critiques of Democracy Marxist and Socialist Critiques Marx, On the Jewish Question; Marx, The Civil War in France; Lenin, State and Revolution; C.B. Macpherson, Democratic Theory, Essays in Retrieval; Conservative, Elitist and Authoritarian critiques Plato, The Republic; Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France; M. Weber, Economy and Society; B. Mussolini, extract from The Doctrine of Fascism; J. Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy; C. Schmidt, The Concept of the Political; R. Scruton, The Meaning of Conservatism; G. Sartori, Anti-Elitism Revisited; Feminist Critiques M. Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman; D. Coole, Women in Political Theory; K. Nash, Beyond Liberalism? Feminist Theories of Democracy; S. Mendus, Losing the Faith, Feminism and Democracy; PART FOUR: Contemporary Issues Rational Choice A. Downs, An Economic Theory of Democracy; M. Olsen, The Logic of Collective Action; B. Barry, Sociologists, Economists and Democracy; F. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism; M. Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom; D. Beetham, Liberalism and the Limits of Democratisation; Nationalism J. Schwarzmantel Two Concepts of the Nation' from Socialism and the Idea of the Nation; D. Miller, On Nationality; G. Nodia, Nationalism and Democracy; Multiculturalism C. Taylor, The Dynamics of Democratic Exclusion; W. Kymlicka, Multi-Cultural Citizenship; I. M. Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference; Charles W. Mills, The Racial Contract; Beyond the West B. Parekh, The Cultural Particularity of Liberal Democracy; A. Sen, Democracy as a Universal Value; A.J. Nathan, Chinese Democracy; Participation G. Parry and G. Moyser, More Participation, More Democracy?; H.F. Pitkin and S.M. Shumer, On Participation; M. Walzer, extract from A Day in the Life of a Socialist Citizen; C. Pateman, Participation and Democratic Theory; Civil Society J. Cohen and A. Arato, Civil Society and Political Theory; R. Putnam, Bowling Alone; P. Hirst, Associational Democracy; Deliberation R. Blaug, New Developments in Deliberative Democracy; J. Habermas, The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article; The Future of Democracy C. Mouffe, Radical Democracy: Modern or Post-modern?; B. Epstein, Radical Democracy and Cultural Politics: What about Class? What about Political Power?; J. Stewart, Thinking Collectively in the Public Domain; B.N. Hague & B.D. Loader, Digital Democracy: An Introduction.show more

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All the classical thinkers, ancient and modern, are represented, sometimes in more than one section, as well as a fair smattering of contemporary contributors to the current debate. The collection will provide an effective and relatively painless introduction to students commencing in this area. A handy preliminary sweep through the most salient areas and arguments, and will undoubtedly prove useful to new students of democratic theory. This massive new reader on democracy should be part of any university library and, given the decent price of the paperback, also provides a valuable and affordable addition to the private libraries of political scientists!Undoubtedly, the editors have accomplished their main stated objective, i.e. "to bring together as wide a range of material on democracy as can be assembled in one volume" (p.xi). This is arguably the most comprehensive reader on the subject available in English!The book presents an overview, which will be indispensable for the students!this book deserves to be widely used for many years to come. Students found this to be very useful and liked the book a great deal." -- Karen M Ford, University of Manchester All the classical thinkers, ancient and modern, are represented, sometimes in more than one section, as well as a fair smattering of contemporary contributors to the current debate. The collection will provide an effective and relatively painless introduction to students commencing in this area. A handy preliminary sweep through the most salient areas and arguments, and will undoubtedly prove useful to new students of democratic theory. This massive new reader on democracy should be part of any university library and, given the decent price of the paperback, also provides a valuable and affordable addition to the private libraries of political scientists!Undoubtedly, the editors have accomplished their main stated objective, i.e. "to bring together as wide a range of material on democracy as can be assembled in one volume" (p.xi). This is arguably the most comprehensive reader on the subject available in English!The book presents an overview, which will be indispensable for the students!this book deserves to be widely used for many years to come. Students found this to be very useful and liked the book a great deal."show more

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