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The Ethics of Liberal Democracy : Morality and Democracy in Theory and Practice - Robert Paul Churchill

The Ethics of Liberal Democracy

Morality and Democracy in Theory and Practice

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Published: 1st January 1992
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Democracy is emerging as the political system of choice throughout the world. Peoples now freed from the shackles of totalitarian systems seek to share the benefits made possible by democracy in its "home bases" in North America and Western Europe. Yet, paradoxically, in the last decade liberal democracy has been subjected to an onslaught of criticism from thinkers at its "home bases". Criticisms of democracy have been informed by scholarship in feminism, postmodernism and communitarianism as well as the revived interest in applying ethics to public policy. These criticisms raise important questions about the traditional values - liberalism, neutrality or equality, autonomy, and human rights - thought to justify democracy. They also raise questions about the success of democratic systems in promoting alternative values and in protecting lifestyles not desired by majorities. This anthology contains essays by authors at the forefront of the controversy as well as by acute observers of the processes by which "democratic" public policy is formed. The essays include criticisms of democratic theory and practice, defences of liberalism (the set of values often thought to ground democracy), calls for major revisions of democratic institutions and practices, and recommendations for new ways of understanding our rights and responsibilities as members of democratic communities. Show More Show Less

Introductionp. 1
Justifying Democracy? De/Reconstructing Democracy?p. 11
The Moral Basis of Democracyp. 19
To Rule in No Matters, To Obey in All: Democracy and Autonomyp. 31
False Stability and Defensive Justification on Rawlsian Liberalism: A Feminist Critiquep. 47
The Self, Difference, and Democratic Theoryp. 71
A (Somewhat) Communitarian (Partial) Reformulation of Liberalismp. 81
Democracy, the Individual, and Moral Communityp. 95
Bringing Deliberation to Democracyp. 101
Do You Mind if I Speak Freely? Reconceptualizing Freedom of Speechp. 111
Voting Rites: A Study in Ceremonial Democracyp. 129
Is Civil Disobedience Morally Coherent?p. 137
Ethical Issues in Democratic Public Policyp. 145
Should Drugs Be Legal?p. 151
Ethics, Democracy and Foreign Policy: Manipulation or Participation?p. 167
When Responsive Public Policy Does not Equal Responsible Governmentp. 177
About thc Contributorsp. 189
Indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780854960996
ISBN-10: 0854960996
Series: State, Law and Society
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41