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Democracy's Values

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

Ian Shapiro, Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Adam Przeworski, John Roemer, Partha Dasgupta, Eric Maskin, Pranab Bardhan, Margaret Levi, John Dunn, Iris Marion Young, Phillip Pettit, Philippe Van Parijs
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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521643573

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  • Democracy's flexibility, its commitment to equality of representation, and its recognition of the legitimacy of opposition are all positive features of political institutions. But democracy fits uneasily with many other political values and is in many respects less than equal to the demands it confronts. In these two free-standing volumes some of the world's most prominent political theorists and social scientists present original discussions of these urgent issues. Democracy's Value deals with the nature and value of democracy, particularly the tensions between it and such goods as justice, equality, efficiency, and freedom. Democracy's Edges analyzes one of democracy's most enduring problems: how to establish the boundaries of democratic polities democratically.

    • Study of a central issue in political theory: the nature and value of democracy, and tensions with such goods as justice, equality, efficiency, and freedom
    • All-star set of contributors, including Adam Przeworski, John Roemer, Partha Dasgupta, and John Dunn
    • Together with its companion volume, Democracy's Edges, this represents an accessible survey of the state-of-the-art in democratic theory
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    "Democracy's Value and Democracy's Edges are companion volumes.... Judged individually, the overall quality of the essays in both of these books is very high. ...illuminating...clearly written." Ethics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521643573
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.464kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Promises and disappointments: reconsidering democracy's value Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordón
    Part I. Minimal Democracy:
    2. Minimalist conception of democracy: a defense Adam Przeworski
    3. Does democracy engender justice? John Roemer
    4. Democracy and other goods Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin
    Part II. Beyond Minimalism:
    5. Democracy and development: a complex relationship Pranab Bardhan
    6. Death and taxes: extractive equality and the development of democratic institutions Margaret Levi
    7. Democracy and development John Dunn
    8. State, civil society, and social justice Iris Marion Young
    9. Republican freedom and contestatory democratisation Phillip Pettit
    10. Contestatory democracy versus real freedom for all Philippe van Parijs.

  • Editors

    Ian Shapiro, Yale University, Connecticut

    Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Yale University, Connecticut


    Ian Shapiro, Casiano Hacker-Cordón, Adam Przeworski, John Roemer, Partha Dasgupta, Eric Maskin, Pranab Bardhan, Margaret Levi, John Dunn, Iris Marion Young, Phillip Pettit, Philippe Van Parijs

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