Representative Democracy and Its Limits

Overview

Representative democracy today is subject to intense debate. New forms of representation and new ways of organising the interaction between state and society are currently much discussed. In this new work, Paul Hirst assesses these debates and soberly offers a way through their problems and challenges.
The book focuses on three related questions. The first is the inherent limits of representative democracy and possible ways of increasing the accountability of government. The ...
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Overview

Representative democracy today is subject to intense debate. New forms of representation and new ways of organising the interaction between state and society are currently much discussed. In this new work, Paul Hirst assesses these debates and soberly offers a way through their problems and challenges.
The book focuses on three related questions. The first is the inherent limits of representative democracy and possible ways of increasing the accountability of government. The second is a consideration of whether it is possible to give an account of the forms of modern law which both recognises that the state is a compulsory association and yet which retains and enhances the role of public law as a means of setting limits to state authority. The third is an examination of new debates on the future of socialism which attempt simultaneously to move away from statism and collectivism and to make socialism compatible with democratic government. Paul Hirst brilliantly examines these issues and, in so doing, advances a highly original argument about the nature of government, law, political associations and democratic accountability.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745606781
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Representative Democracy and its Limits 3. Retrieving Pluralism 4. The Critical Resources of Established Jurisprudence (with Phil Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law at the Polytechnic of Central London) 5. Assiociational Socialism in a Pluralist State 6. Can Socialism Live?7. The Problem of Sovereignty 8. Carl Schmitt: Decisionism and Political Romanticism 9. Peace and Political Theory Notes Bibliography
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