The Principles of Representative Government / Edition 1

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Overview

Bernard Manin's challenging book defines the key features of modern democratic institutions. For us representative government has come to seem inseparable from democracy. But its modern history begins, as Professor Manin shows, as a consciously chosen alternative to popular self-rule. In the debates which led up to the new constitution of the United States, for the first time, a new form of republic was imagined and elaborated, in deliberate contrast to the experiences of ancient republics from Athens to Renaissance Italy. The balance between aristocratic and democratic components within this novel state form was not, as has been widely supposed, a consequence of a deliberate mystification of its real workings; it was a rationally planned aspect of its basic structure.
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"This is an especially useful source for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students of political theory and comparative government." J.D. Robertson, Choice

"The great strength of this book is that it takes seriously the issue Rousseau raised, probing deeply the complex relationship between representative governments and the ideal of democracy. Ranging widely over Athenian democracy, Western political thought, and recetn political practice, Manin serves capably as historian, political philosopher, and political scientist. The result is an easily readable, thoughtful exploration both of the principles underlying representative government and of the complex connection between those principles and democratic ideals." Ethics

"Manin's account of representitive government as a mixed political institution is an original and important contribution to political theory and political science. It deserves widespread attention and should inspire us to take a fresh look at some of our most familiar political practices." Bernard Yack, The Review of Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521458917
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Themes in the Social Sciences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Direct democracy and representation: selection of officials in Athens 8
2 The triumph of election 42
Lot and election in the republican tradition: the lessons of history 44
The political theory of election and lot in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries 67
The triumph of election: consenting to power rather than holding office 79
3 The principle of distinction 94
England 95
France 98
The United States 102
4 A democratic aristocracy 132
The aristocratic character of election: a pure theory 134
The two faces of election: the benefits of ambiguity 149
Election and the principles of modern natural right 156
5 The verdict of the people 161
Partial independence of representatives 163
Freedom of public opinion 167
The repeated character of elections 175
Trial by discussion 183
6 Metamorphoses of representative government 193
Parliamentarianism 202
Party democracy 206
"Audience" democracy 218
Conclusion 236
Index 239
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