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The Principles of Representative Government
     

The Principles of Representative Government

by Bernard Manin
 

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The thesis of this original and provocative book is that representative government should be understood as a combination of democratic and undemocratic, aristocratic elements. Professor Manin challenges the conventional view that representative democracy is no more than an indirect form of government by the people, in which citizens elect representatives only because

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The thesis of this original and provocative book is that representative government should be understood as a combination of democratic and undemocratic, aristocratic elements. Professor Manin challenges the conventional view that representative democracy is no more than an indirect form of government by the people, in which citizens elect representatives only because they cannot assemble and govern in person. The argument is developed by examining the historical moments when the present institutional arrangements were chosen from among the then available alternatives. 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. Drawing on the procedures used in earlier republican systems, from classical Athens to Renaissance Florence, in order to highlight the alternatives that were forsaken, Manin brings to the fore the generally overlooked results of representative mechanisms. These include the elitist aspect of elections and the non-binding character of campaign promises.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107385009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Themes in the Social Sciences
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
929 KB

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From the Publisher
"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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