Representative Democracy and Its Limits

Representative Democracy and Its Limits

by Paul Hirst
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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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"This important collection of Paul Hirst's essays provides a sober and sustained analysis both of the limitations of representative democracy in the societies of the modern West and of the issues involved in strategies for their democratization. His arguments are a major contribution to the reconstruction of political thinking on the left." Barry Hindess

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745606781
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
200

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