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Democracy and Trust - Mark E. Warren

Democracy and Trust

By: Mark E. Warren (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521640831
Number Of Pages: 384

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Surveys suggest an erosion of trust in government, among individuals, and between groups. Although these trends are often thought to be bad for democracy, the relationship between democracy and trust is paradoxical. Trust can develop where interests converge, but in politics interests conflict. Democracy recognizes that politics does not provide a natural terrain for robust trust relations, and so includes a healthy distrust of the interests of others, especially the powerful. Democratic systems institutionalize distrust by providing many opportunities for citizens to oversee those empowered with the public trust. At the same time, trust is a generic social building block of collective action, and for this reason alone democracy cannot do without trust. At a minimum, democratic institutions depend on a trust among citizens sufficient for representation, resistance, and alternative forms of governance. Bringing together social science and political theory, this book provides a valuable exploration of these central issues.

"...absorbing and important book. ...offers excellent reading and many suggestions for future research for anyone interested in social philosophy or democratic theory." Philosophy in Review "...Mark Warren provides an effective framework for the diverse set of contributions that comprise the volume and develops a typoogy of theories of trust and democracy... the volume makes a valuabe contribution to the study of trust and democracy. Virginia A Chanley, Political Theory

Do we want trust in government?
How can we trust our fellow citizens?
Trust, well-being and democracy
Democracy and social capital
Liberty against the democratic state: on the historical and contemporary sources of American distrust
Trust, voluntary association and workable democracy: the contemporary American discourse of civil society
Trust and its surrogates: psychological foundations of political process
Geographies of trust
Altruistic trust
Democratic theory and trust
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ISBN: 9780521640831
ISBN-10: 0521640830
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.24  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.7