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The Principles of Representative Government : Themes in the Social Sciences - Bernard Manin

The Principles of Representative Government

Themes in the Social Sciences

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Published: 5th May 1997
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Bernard Manin's challenging book defines the key features of modern democratic institutions. For us representative government has come to seem inseparable from democracy. But its modern history begins, as Professor Manin shows, as a consciously chosen alternative to popular self-rule. In the debates which led up to the new constitution of the United States, for the first time, a new form of republic was imagined and elaborated, in deliberate contrast to the experiences of ancient republics from Athens to Renaissance Italy. The balance between aristocratic and democratic components within this novel state form was not, as has been widely supposed, a consequence of a deliberate mystification of its real workings; it was a rationally planned aspect of its basic structure.

'Manin's book is scholarly written, thought-provoking, a pleasure to read and challenging to modern representative democracy.' Manfred Holler, Homo oeconomicus XV

Introduction
Direct democracy and representation: selection of officials in Athens
The triumph of election
The principle of distinction
A democratic aristocracy
The verdict of the people
Metamorphoses of representative government
Conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521458917
ISBN-10: 0521458919
Series: Themes in the Social Sciences
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 5th May 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37