"Theories of Democracy" is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the main theories of democracy. Chapters are devoted to liberal democracy, classic pluralism, participatory democracy, catallaxy, democratic pragmatism, deliberative democracy and radical pluralism. Frank Cunningham assesses how these theories meet long-standing problems thought to beset democracy in practice: that democracy permits majorities to tyrannize minorities; that it is inefficient, unreliable and incoherent way of making collective decisions; that it invites conflict; and that it can be taken advantage of by demagogies or a mask systemic oppression. Cunningham also summarizes the views of famous forerunners of current democratic theory: Aristotle, de Tocqueville, Rousseau, Mill, Dewey and Schumpeter. A concluding chapter uses the example of globalization to show how the theories are concretely applied and notes their strengths and weaknesses in coping with globalization. The book also contains three helpful discussion sections that concentrate on the recurrent themes of the relation of liberal democracy to capitalism, the concept of democratic representation and the value of democracy.
"A very full and descriptive treatment of theories about democracy. It embraces a very wide range of position and supports each position by a great mass of reference and reading, making it, I think, a unique guide to the subject."
-Ross Harrison, University of Cambridge
"Cunningham provides a valuable service in setting out the broad parameters of the debate and the book is a useful tool that will serve as a launch pad for the purpose of deeper research.."
-Michael Pepperday, University of Western Australia--anadian Journal of Political Science, 03/2004
"Frank Cunningham's latest book is a welcome addition to the literature on the theoretical and practical challenges confronting contemporary democracies. In terms of the quality, breadth, and accessibility of the discussion, "Theories of Democracy is first-rate.."
-Patrick Hayden, Victoria University of Wellington
|List of figures|
|Problems of democracy||p. 15|
|Liberal democracy||p. 27|
|Discussion: Liberal democracy and capitalism||p. 46|
|Liberal democracy and the problems||p. 52|
|Classic pluralism||p. 73|
|Discussion: Representation||p. 90|
|Participatory democracy||p. 123|
|Democratic pragmatism||p. 142|
|Discussion: The value of democracy||p. 149|
|Deliberative democracy||p. 163|
|Radical pluralism||p. 184|
|Applying democratic theologies: globalization||p. 198|
|Subject index||p. 239|
|Name index||p. 244|
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Series: Routledge Contemporary Political Philosophy
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.79 x 16.15
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1