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Politics and Process : New Essays in Democratic Thought - H.G. Brennan

Politics and Process

New Essays in Democratic Thought

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Published: 29th September 1989
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Much of the most interesting and controversial work in analyzing democratic institutions over the recent past has its intellectual origins in public choice economics. The analytical apparatus derived for the study of human behavior in markets is applied to a political setting. The electoral process is viewed as a kind of market in which the currency is votes and party competition is the primary mechanism by which the policies that citizens want are ensured. This book explores the advantages and problems with democratic institutions in a series of essays representing a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The public choice analysis provides a basis for deep-seated political skepticism with which widespread unquestioning enthusiasm for democracy must be confronted. Whether this is a challenge that proponents of democracy can meet is itself an interesting matter. No less interesting and important is the understanding of democracy and the refinement of political theorizing to which the challenge gives rise.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The justification of democracy
Large numbers, small costs: the uneasy foundations of democratic rule
Evaluating the institutions of liberal democracy
Democracy: the public choice approach
The democratic order and public choice
Radical federalism: responsiveness, conflict, and efficiency
Contractarian presuppositions and democratic governance
In quest of the social contract
Rationality and the justification of democracy
The morality of democracy and the rule of law
Index
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ISBN: 9780521350433
ISBN-10: 0521350433
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 29th September 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54