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The Future of Liberal Democracy : Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World - R. K. Ramazani

The Future of Liberal Democracy

Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World

By: R. K. Ramazani (Editor), Robert Fatton, Jr. (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781403965646
Number Of Pages: 304

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The first section of this collection provides historical and theoretical perspectives on Jefferson's ideals and thought. The second section explores the key themes of sovereignty, citizenship, participation, and accountability. A concluding section analyzes the relevance and place of Jefferson's legacy and the fate of liberal democracy in today's world. Contributors offer varying perspectives on questions such as: Is what is good for America good for the rest of the world? What are the constraints that exist on the global spread of democracy, liberal or otherwise?

"These are powerful essays exploring the complexities of Jefferson's ideas and their relevance today as liberal democracies face an illiberal network of nations. Any one interested in the origins of modern democratic thought and its pertinence to our world must read them."--Joyce Appleby, UCLA"'The Future of Liberal Democracy: Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World' offers a vigorous dialogue on what democracy means to different people. In doing so, it frames a key debate of our time, and gives Jefferson's ideals new life. This collection will help us navigate the stormy waters to come." --Lee H. Hamilton, President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former Chairman of the House Committee on International Relations. ""The Future of Liberal Democracy: Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World "collects the seventeen papers presented at a scholarly conference in Bellagio, Italy, 2002, under the sponsorship of the International Center for Jefferson Studies, at Monticello, and the Rockefeller Foundation. It may be read as a revisit after some fifty years to the controverted issue between American exceptionalism and the export of American democracy to the emerging new nations of the Third World, an issue that echoes forcefully in our day. The essays are a rich miscellany: Jefferson and modern nation-building; Jefferson and his philosophical contemporaries; Jefferson and citizenship and human rights everywhere. All these efforts to analogize Jefferson to the world, while full of perplexities, are nevertheless valuable. In the end I am led to observe that the most precious liberty of all in Jefferson's canon, the liberty of religious conscience with its corollary of separation of chuch and state, appears to have been largely 'lost in translation.' --Merril D. Peterson

List of Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Human Rights, Thomas Jefferson, and the Lockean Moment
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Declaration des Droits de L'Homme et du Citoyenp. 13
Liberal Imperialismp. 31
Jefferson, Rights, and the Priority of Freedom of Consciencep. 49
An Appeal to Heaven: The Language of Rights on the Eve of American Independencep. 65
Jefferson and Jinnah: Humanist Ideals and the Mythology of Nation-Buildingp. 85
Rights and the Crafting of constitutions
Need for a Credible Mechanism to Secure Accountabilityp. 101
Rights and Human Rights in the Modern World: The Experience of Working the Bill of Rights in the Indian Constitutionp. 115
Another "Springtime of Nations"? Rights in Central and Eastern Eurpep. 123
Case Studies and the Implementation of Rights and Democracy
Thomas Jefferson, Rights, and the Contemporary Worldp. 153
Citizenship and the Struggle for Rights in Fledgling Democraciesp. 157
Human Rights of Women in Iranp. 169
Iran, Democracy, and the United Statesp. 185
Citizenship and Democratization in Haitip. 203
Participation, Democracy, and Human Rights: An Approach Based on the Dilemmas Facing Latin Americap. 225
Rights, Democracy, and Power
Lost Illusionsp. 247
The United States, Human Rights, and Moral Autonomy in the Post-Cold War Worldp. 255
Human Rights, Peace, and Powerp. 271
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9781403965646
ISBN-10: 1403965641
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 15.49  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1