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Democratic Theory and Practice - Graeme Duncan

Democratic Theory and Practice

By: Graeme Duncan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th June 1983
ISBN: 9780521285261
Number Of Pages: 308

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In past decades, democratic theory has been on the defensive, largely as a result of the disappointments of democratic practice. The essays in this volume reflect critically on the theory in the light of those failures and with the corresponding assumption of an indissoluble connection between theory and practice. If theory maintains a monastic impeccability, untouched by the world, it will be sterile and fit merely for arid disputes. Nor can practice stand alone: it varies and changes and is subject to different interpretations. Success will come to it partly through the impact of empirical and prescriptive analysis. The volume is organised in sections, dealing in turn with the changing meanings and evaluations of democracy with classical theories with the revisions and critiques of these theories deriving from existing circumstances and with attempts to extend and to consolidate more adequate and secure theories of democracy. Among the thinkers considered are Mill, de Tocqueville, Marx and Marcuse, while the topics include bureaucracy, feminism, corporatism and social democracy. Together the essays will provide comprehensive review of the past condition and future prospects for democratic theory in practice.

List of contributors
Backgrounds to the Arguments
The limits of democratic theory
The historical study of 'democracy'
Classical Theories
Mill and Rousseau: utility and rights
'Classical' images of democracy in America: Madison and Tocqueville
Marxism and democratic theory
Consensus and community: the theory of African one-party democracy
Revisions and Critiques
Democracy: American style
The competitive model of democracy
Marcuse and autonomy
Functional representation and democratic politics: towards a corporatist democracy
Possible Futures
Human nature and radical democratic theory
Feminism and democracy
Returning the social to democracy
Bureaucracy and democracy
Beginning at the end of democratic theory
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ISBN: 9780521285261
ISBN-10: 0521285267
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 27th June 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45