The Principles of Representative Government / Edition 1

The Principles of Representative Government / Edition 1

by Bernard Manin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521458919

ISBN-13: 9780521458917

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The thesis of this original and provocative book is that representative government should be understood as a combination of democratic and undemocratic elements. Challenging the conventionally held views on the subject, Professor Manin reminds us that while today representative institutions and democracy appear as virtually indistinguishable, when representative…  See more details below

Overview

The thesis of this original and provocative book is that representative government should be understood as a combination of democratic and undemocratic elements. Challenging the conventionally held views on the subject, Professor Manin reminds us that while today representative institutions and democracy appear as virtually indistinguishable, when representative government was first established in Europe and America, it was designed in opposition to democracy proper. The author identifies the essential features of democratic institutions and reviews the history of their application.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521458917
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Themes in the Social Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,429,299
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Direct democracy and representation: selection of officials in Athens; 2. The triumph of election; 3. The principle of distinction; 4. A democratic aristocracy; 5. The verdict of the people; 6. Metamorphoses of representative government; Conclusion; Index.

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