Lessons for Citizens of a New Democracy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858985459
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Shaftesbury Papers Series
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents

1 Democracy: Just Another Experiment? 1
2 Must We Be Something Other Than What We Are? 8
3 Fools or Geniuses: What Are Voters Like In A Democracy? 15
4 Popular Referenda: Must We Vote to be Democratic? 22
5 What Is A Fair and Competitive Election? 28
6 Economics Or Politics: Which is the Chicken and Which the Egg? 35
7 Constitutional Rights: Mere Words or Sustainable Guarantees? 43
8 Democratic Institutions: Why Would They Influence Anything? 50
9 A New Constitution: Should We Cut Trees to Print It? 56
10 Constitutions: Are There Rules for How to Write Them? 63
11 Federalism: Ingredient for Stability or a Recipe For Dissolution? 69
12 Political Parties: A Source of Faction or Agents of Stability? 76
13 Legislatures: Can They Govern Us If They Cannot Govern Themselves? 83
14 A Two-Chamber Legislature: Isn't One More Than Enough? 89
15 Parliaments And Presidents: Legislative Incoherence versus Authoritarian Rule? 97
16 Emergency Clauses: Essential Precautions or A Lack of Faith? 103
17 Russia's Choices: An Accident Waiting to Happen? 111
18 Can We Be a Democracy? 121
Bibliography 127
Index 131
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