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Democratic Legitimacy : Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought - Fabienne Peter

Democratic Legitimacy

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

Hardcover Published: 15th December 2008
ISBN: 9780415332828
Number Of Pages: 164

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This book offers a systematic treatment of the requirements of democratic legitimacy. It argues that democratic procedures are essential for political legitimacy because of the need to respect value pluralism and because of the learning process that democratic decision-making enables. It proposes a framework for distinguishing among the different ways in which the requirements of democratic legitimacy have been interpreted. Peter then uses this framework to identify and defend what appears as the most plausible conception of democratic legitimacy. According to this conception, democratic legitimacy requires that the decision-making process satisfies certain conditions of political and epistemic fairness.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Democratic Legitimacyp. 1
Plan of the Bookp. 3
Aggregative Democracyp. 7
The Aggregative Account of Democracyp. 7
Problems with Aggregative Democracyp. 20
Deliberative Democracyp. 31
The Deliberative Account of Democracyp. 31
Deliberative Democracy Defendedp. 43
Conceptions of Democratic Legitimacyp. 56
The Concept of Legitimacyp. 56
A Taxonomyp. 65
Political Equalityp. 75
Two Dilemmasp. 75
Political Equality of What?p. 81
Public Reasonp. 92
Rawls's Idea of Public Reason and Democratic Legitimacyp. 93
Democratic Legitimacy without Collective Rationalityp. 100
Epistemic Democracyp. 110
The Epistemology of Democracyp. 110
Epistemic Proceduralismp. 129
Notesp. 137
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780415332828
ISBN-10: 0415332826
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 15th December 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1