1995, English, Book edition: Democratic theory : the philosophical foundations / James L. Hyland. Hyland, James L., 1945-

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Democratic theory : the philosophical foundations / James L. Hyland
 
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  • 280 p. ; 23 cm.
Published
  • Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1995.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • Democratic theory : the philosophical foundations /​ James L. Hyland.
Author
  • Hyland, James L., 1945-
Published
  • Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1995.
Physical Description
  • 280 p. ; 23 cm.
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Summary
  • In this philosophically sophisticated textbook analysis of democracy, J. L. Hyland explores in depth the concept which has come to reign supreme in the pantheon of political ideas. He examines systematically the major topics and problems of democratic theory: the nature of democracy, majoritarianism, democracy and individual freedom, power and the relationship between socioeconomic factors and political equality. In assessing the work of the major democratic theorists, whose accounts frequently conflict, the author seeks to answer the central questions surrounding the subject: What is democracy? What values does it provide? Can democracy fulfil its promise, or is it an unachievable goal to which we merely pay lip-service? Is democracy always justified? What are the counter-democratic features of modern society?
Contents
  • 1. Political philosophy and the tasks of democratic theory
  • 2. What is democracy? The question of method
  • 3. Democracy and political equality
  • 4. The quantitative and the qualitative dimensions: the extent of the franchise and majority rule
  • 5. The liberal variant: democracy as rights
  • 6. Democracy, anarchism and the liberal democratic synthesis
  • 7. Justifying democracy
  • 8. Democracy, power and domination
  • 9. Democracy and the economy
  • 10. The logical limits of democracy.
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-274) and index.
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 071903941X (hardback)
  • 0719045177 (pbk.)
Dewey Number
  • 321.8/​01
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