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Democratic Devices and Desires : Theories of Institutional Design - Geoffrey Brennan

Democratic Devices and Desires

Theories of Institutional Design

Paperback Published: 12th June 2000
ISBN: 9780521639774
Number Of Pages: 278

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This book offers a novel account of key features of modern representative democracy. Working from the rational actor tradition, it builds a middle ground between orthodox political theory and the economic analysis of politics. Standard economic models of politics emphasise the design of the institutional devices of democracy as operated by essentially self-interested individuals. This book departs from that model by focusing on democratic desires alongside democratic devices, stressing that important aspects of democracy depend on the motivation of democrats and the interplay between devices and desires. Individuals are taken to be not only rational, but also somewhat moral. The authors argue that this approach provides access to aspects of the debate on democratic institutions that are beyond the narrowly economic model. They apply their analysis to voting, elections, representation, political departments and the separation and division of powers, providing a wide-ranging discussion of the design of democratic institutions.

Introduction
Democratic Desires
On human nature: beyond homo economicus
Moral dispositions
Economizing on virtue
Political mechanisms
Mechanisms and dispositional choice
Problems of democratic politics
Democratic Devices
Voting and elections
Political representation
Political parties
The separation of powers
The division of power
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ISBN: 9780521639774
ISBN-10: 0521639778
Series: Theories of Institutional Design
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 12th June 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45

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