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Models of Democracy / Edition 3

Models of Democracy / Edition 3

by David Held

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ISBN-10: 0804754721

ISBN-13: 9780804754729

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Models of Democracy provides a critical reassessment of major theories of democracy from ancient Greece to the present, along with the author's own prescription for revitalizing contemporary democratic politics.


Models of Democracy provides a critical reassessment of major theories of democracy from ancient Greece to the present, along with the author's own prescription for revitalizing contemporary democratic politics.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part One: Classic Models
  • Chapter 1 - Classical Democracy: Athens
  • Political ideas and aims
  • Institutional features
  • The exclusivity of an ancient democracy
  • The critics
  • In sum: Model I
  • Chapter 2 - Republicanism: Liberty, Self-Government and the Active Citizen
  • The eclipse and re-emergence of homo politicus
  • The reforging of republicanism
  • Republicanism, elective government and popular sovereignty
  • From civic life to civic glory
  • In sum: Model IIa
  • The republic and the general will
  • In sum: model IIb
  • The public and the private
  • Chapter 3 - The Development of Liberal Democracy: For and Against the State
  • Power and Sovereignty
  • Citizenship and the Constitutional State
  • Separation of Powers
  • The problem of factions
  • Accountability and Markets
  • In sum: model IIIa
  • Liberty and the development of democracy
  • The dangers of despotic power and an overgrown state
  • Representative government
  • The subordination of women
  • Competing conceptions of the ‘ends of government’
  • In sum: Model IIIb
  • Chapter 4 - Direct Democracy and the End of Politics
  • Class and class conflict
  • History as evolution and the development of captialism
  • Two theories of the state
  • The end of politics
  • Competing conceptions of Marxism
  • Part Two: Variants from the Twentieth Century
  • Chapter 5 - Competitive ELitism and the Technocratic Vision
  • Classes, power and conflict
  • Bureaucracy, parliaments and nation-states
  • Competitive elitist democracy
  • Liberal democracy at the crossroads
  • The last vestige of democracy?
  • Democracy, capitalism and socialism
  • ‘Classical’ v. modern democracy
  • A technocratic vision
  • In sum: model V
  • Chapter 6 - Pluralism, Corporate Capitalism and the State
  • Group politics, government and power
  • Politics, consensus and the distribution of power
  • Democracy, corporate capitalism and the state
  • In sum: Model VI
  • Accumulation, legitimation and the restricted sphere of the political
  • The changing form of representative institutions
  • Chapter 7 - From Post-War Stability to Political Crisis: The Polarization of Political Ideas
  • A legitimate democratic order or a repressive regime?
  • Overloaded state or legitimation crisis?
  • Crisis theories: an assessment
  • Law, liberty and democracy
  • In sum: model VII
  • Participation, liberty and democracy
  • In sum: model VII
  • Chapter 8 - Democracy after Soviet Communism
  • The historical backdrop
  • The triumph of economic and political liberalism
  • The renewed necessity of Marxism and democracy from ‘below’?
  • Chapter 9 - Deliberative Democracy and the Defence of the Public Realm
  • Reason and Participation
  • The limits of democratic theory
  • The aims of deliberative democracy
  • What is sound about public reasoning? Impartialism and it’s critics
  • Institutions of deliberative democracy
  • Value pluralism and democracy
  • In sum: Model IX
  • Part Three: What Should Democracy Mean Today?
  • Chapter 10 - Democratic Autonomy
  • The appeal of democracy
  • The principle of autonomy
  • Enacting the principle
  • The heritage of classic and twentieth-century democratic theory
  • Democracy: A double-sided process
  • Democratic autonomy: compatibilities and incompatibilities
  • In sum: Model Xa
  • Chapter 11 - Democracy, the Nation-State and the Global System
  • Democratic legitimacy and borders
  • Regional and global flows: old and new
  • Sovereignty, autonomy and disjunctures
  • Rethinking democracy for a more global age: the cosmopolitan model
  • In sum: model Xb
  • Acknowledgements
  • References and Select Bibliography
  • Index

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