Democratic Theory Naturalized

Democratic Theory Naturalized : The Foundations of Distilled Populism

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To some, the word populism suggests the tyranny of the mob; to others, it suggests a xenophobic nativism. It is often even considered conducive to (if not simply identical to) fascism. In Democratic Theory Naturalized: The Foundations of Distilled Populism, Walter Horn uses his theory of "CHOICE Voluntarism" to offer solutions to some of the most perplexing problems in democratic theory and distill populism to its core premise: giving people the power to govern themselves without the constraints imposed by those on the left or the right. Beginning with explanations of what it means to vote and what makes one society better off than another, Horn analyzes what makes for fair aggregation and appropriate, deliberative representation. Through his examination of the American government, Horn suggests solutions to contemporary problems such as gerrymandering, immigration control, and campaign finance, and offers answers to age-old questions like why dissenters should obey the majority and who should have the right to vote in various elections.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 161 x 229 x 23mm | 608g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified; Tables; Black & White Illustrations
  • 179362495X
  • 9781793624956

Table of contents

Chapter One: Axioms, Paradoxes, and Alleged Deficits of Democracy

Chapter Two: Individual Values Naturalized I: Objective Voluntarism

Chapter Three: Individual Values Naturalized II: The More Good, the Better

Chapter Four: Equal People or Equal Votes?

Chapter Five: Who May Vote I: Interest or Inhabitancy?

Chapter Six: Who May Vote II: Residence, Age Criminality, and Competence

Chapter Seven: Votes and Their Aggregation I: Majority Rule and Majoritarianism

Chapter Eight: Votes and Their Aggregation II: Minority Representation and How it Must be Combined with Majority Rule

Chapter Nine: Political Representation I: Direct Participation, Delegation, or Controlled Trusteeship?

Chapter Ten: Political Representation II: Deliberation, Camerality, Term Limits and Judicial Review of Legislative Procedures

Chapter Eleven: A Stouter, but More Minimalistic Constitution: Other Teachings of Naturalized Democratic Theory

Chapter Twelve: Last Words on Distilled Populism: Objections and Responses
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Walter Horn provides a tour de force of ideas related to democracy, from a theory of value that leads to a conception of the purpose of democracy, to implications for the extent of the franchise, to ideas about the best ways for democracies to aggregate preferences and to implement representative government, and finally to a potpourri of recommendations for constitutional improvements. It is worthwhile food for thought for anyone concerned with how we ought to govern ourselves.--Nicolaus Tideman, Virginia Tech
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About Walter Horn

Walter Horn received his PhD from Brown University.
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