Justice and Democracy: Essays for Brian Barry

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Overview

'Justice' and 'democracy' have alternated as dominant themes in political philosophy over the last fifty years. Since its revival in the middle of the twentieth century, political philosophy has focused on first one and then the other of these two themes. Rarely, however, has it succeeded in holding them in joint focus. This volume attempts to remedy this by bringing together leading authors to consider the relationship of democracy and justice. Here the intrinsic justness of democracy is challenged; the relationship between justice, democracy and impartiality queried; and the relationship between justice, democracy and the common good explored. Further chapters explore the problem of social exclusion and issues surrounding subnational groups in the context of democracy and justice.
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"I can only emphasize that anyone interested in the question of whether democracy is of purely instrumental value will benefit from reading all four chapters." Perspectives of Politics, Peter Stone, Stanford University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521836951
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Dowding is Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics. His books include Rational Choice and Political Power (1991), The Civil Service (1995) and Power (1996).

Robert E. Goodin is Joint Professor of Social and Political Theory and of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is the author of many books on political theory, public policy and applied ethics and include, most recently, The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, with B. Headey, R. Muffels and H.J. Dirven (1999) and Reflective Democracy (2003).

Carole Pateman is Professor of Political Science at UCLA and Honorary Professor in the School of European Studies at Cardiff University. Her publications include Participation and Democratic Theory (1970), The Problem of Political Obligation (1985 2nd ed), and The Sexual Contract (1988).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : between justice and democracy 1
2 Are democratic and just institutions the same? 25
3 Democracy is not intrinsically just 40
4 'The probability of a fit choice' : American political history and voting theory 59
5 Contractarian theory, deliberative democracy and general agreement 79
6 Democracy, justice and impartiality 97
7 Mimicking impartiality 112
8 Justice, democracy and public goods 127
9 The common good 150
10 Individual choice and social exclusion 170
11 Subnational groups and globalization 179
Brian Barry's publications 212
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