Democratic Decision-Making

Democratic Decision-Making : Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

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Democratic Decision-Making: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives contains eight essays by political scientists, all but one of them previously unpublished, addressing various aspects of the democratic decision-making process. The book consists of four parts, each consisting of two essays devoted to a common theme: democratic statesmanship, the extent to which limitations of the democratic principle of majority rule are desirable, the contemporary academic theory of "deliberative democracy," and informal modes of democratic more

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  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739142062
  • 9780739142066

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An excellent addition to the discussion of Democratic Theory and Democratic Decision-Making. The individual essays are excellent. They are wide-ranging yet also achieve a thought-provoking harmony. This volume will be of interest to both specialists and a wider audience, including for classroom adoption. Highly recommended. -- Gregory Bruce Smith, Trinity College This collection, by a group of authors varied in all ways but in the intelligence and relevance of their contributions, is a provocative reconsideration of the issue of democratic decision-making and leadership. Most of the essays are informed by traditional political theory, demonstrating once again that learning in the canon of political theory can greatly enrich our thinking about our politics. -- Michael Zuckert, University of Notre Dameshow more

About David Lewis Schaefer

David Lewis Schaefer is professor of political science at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, more

Table of contents

Editor's Introduction Part One: Democratic Statesmanship Chapter 1: Democratic Leadership William Galston Chapter 2: The Political Morality of Constitutional Opportunism Peter McNamara Part Two: How Far Does Democracy Require Limits? Chapter 3: American Innovations in Democratic Decision-Making Leslie Friedman Goldstein Chapter 4: In Defense of Democracy: Anti-Democratic Sentiment and Democratic Deliberation from Ancient Athens to the American Founding Dustin A. Gish Part Three: "Deliberative" Democracy? Chapter 5: "Deliberative Democracy": The Transformation of a Political Concept David Lewis Schaefer Chapter 6: Democracy by Constraint: The Ideal of Deliberative Democracy in the Light of Rousseau Daniel Cullen Part Four: Informal Modes of Democratic Decision-Making Chapter 7: "This Is an Awful Serious Proposition": George Washington Plunkitt in the Context of Nineteenth-Century Party Nationalization Daniel Klinghard Chapter 8: Habitat Conservation Plans: Redesigning Development Through Collaborative Negotiations Nancy Jimeno About the Contributors Indexshow more