Democracy and the limits of self-government

Adam Przeworski

The political institutions under which we live today evolved from a revolutionary idea that shook the world in the second part of the eighteenth century: that a people should govern itself. Yet if we judge contemporary democracies by the ideals of self-government, equality and liberty, we find that democracy is not what it was dreamt to be. This book addresses central issues in democratic theory by analyzing the sources of widespread dissatisfaction with democracies around the world. With attention throughout to historical and cross-national variations, the focus is on the generic limits of democracy in promoting equality, effective participation, control of governments by citizens, and liberty. The conclusion is that although some of this dissatisfaction has good reasons, some is based on an erroneous understanding of how democracy functions. Hence, although the analysis identifies the limits of democracy, it also points to directions for feasible reforms.

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The political institutions under which we live today evolved from a revolutionary idea that shook the world in the second part of the eighteenth century: that a people should govern itself. Yet if we judge contemporary democracies by the ideals of self-government, equality and liberty, we find that democracy is not what it was dreamt to be. This book addresses central issues in democratic theory by analyzing the sources of widespread dissatisfaction with democracies around the world. With attention throughout to historical and cross-national variations, the focus is on the generic limits of democracy in promoting equality, effective participation, control of governments by citizens, and liberty. The conclusion is that although some of this dissatisfaction has good reasons, some is based on an erroneous understanding of how democracy functions. Hence, although the analysis identifies the limits of democracy, it also points to directions for feasible reforms.

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[目次]

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Self-government of the people
  • 3. A brief history of representative institutions
  • 4. Equality
  • 5. Choice and participation
  • 6. Agency
  • 7. Liberty
  • 8. Democracy as an implementation of self-government in our times.

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[目次]

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Self-government of the people
  • 3. A brief history of representative institutions
  • 4. Equality
  • 5. Choice and participation
  • 6. Agency
  • 7. Liberty
  • 8. Democracy as an implementation of self-government in our times.

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書名 Democracy and the limits of self-government
著作者等 Przeworski, Adam
書名別名 Democracy and the limits of self government
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in the theory of democracy
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 xvi, 200 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780521140119
9780521761031
NCID BB02684098
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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