Democracy's Values (Contemporary Political Theory)

Democracy's Values (Contemporary Political Theory)

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition, 8/12/2010
EAN 9780521643887, ISBN10: 0521643880

Paperback, 216 pages, 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

Democracy has been a flawed hegemony since the fall of communism. Its flexibility, its commitment to equality of representation, and its recognition of the legitimacy of opposition politics are all positive features for political institutions. But democracy has many deficiencies: it is all too easily held hostage by powerful interests; it often fails to advance social justice; and it does not cope well with a number of features of the political landscape, such as political identities, boundary disputes, and environmental crises. Although democracy is valuable it fits uneasily with other political values and is in many respects less than equal to the demands it confronts. In this volume (and its companion Democracy's Edges) prominent political theorists and social scientists present original discussions of such central issues. Democracy's Values deals with the nature and value of democracy, particularly the tensions between it and such goods as justice, equality, efficiency, and freedom.

1. Promises and disappointments
reconsidering democracy's value Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordón
Part I. Minimal Democracy
2. Minimalist conception of democracy
a defense Adam Przeworski
3. Does democracy engender justice? John Roemer
4. Democracy and other goods Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin
Part II. Beyond Minimalism
5. Democracy and development
a complex relationship Pranab Bardhan
6. Death and taxes
extractive equality and the development of democratic institutions Margaret Levi
7. Democracy and development John Dunn
8. State, civil society, and social justice Iris Marion Young
9. Republican freedom and contestatory democratisation Phillip Pettit
10. Contestatory democracy versus real freedom for all Philippe van Parijs.