Liberalism Against Populism: A Confrontation Between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice / Edition 1

Liberalism Against Populism: A Confrontation Between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice / Edition 1

by William H. Riker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0881333670

ISBN-13: 9780881333671

Pub. Date: 07/01/1988

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

The discoveries of social choice theory have undermined the simple and unrealistic nineteenth-century notions of democracy, especially the expectation that electoral institutions smoothly translate popular will directly into public policy. One response to these discoveries is to reject democracy out of hand. Another, which is the program of this book, is to save…  See more details below

Overview

The discoveries of social choice theory have undermined the simple and unrealistic nineteenth-century notions of democracy, especially the expectation that electoral institutions smoothly translate popular will directly into public policy. One response to these discoveries is to reject democracy out of hand. Another, which is the program of this book, is to save democracy by formulating more realistic expectations. Hence, this book first summarizes social choice theory in order to explain the full force of its critique. Then it explains, in terms of social choice theory, how politics and public issues change and develop. Finally, it reconciles democratic ideals with this new understanding of politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881333671
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1988
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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