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Democratic Devices and Desires

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521630207

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  • This book offers a novel approach to the analysis of democracy, and an application of that approach to a variety of democratic institutions, including elections, representation, political parties and the separation of powers. Standard economic approaches to politics concentrate on the design of institutions and the role of individuals motivated by self-interest. The authors incorporate a broader view of political motivation, assuming individuals are moral as well as rational, and provide a wide-ranging discussion of the design of democratic institutions.

    • Extends the economic model of democracy, which assumes rational self-interest, by bringing in a moral dimension
    • Brennan is an influential figure in political economy and economic theory, with a number of Press publications
    • The theory is backed up by analysis of a number of democratic institutions, including elections, representation, parties etc.
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521630207
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Democratic Desires:
    2. On human nature: beyond homo economicus
    3. Moral dispositions
    4. Economizing on virtue
    5. Political mechanisms
    6. Mechanisms and dispositional choice
    7. Problems of democratic politics
    Part II. Democratic Devices:
    8. Voting and elections
    9. Political representation
    10. Political parties
    11. The separation of powers
    12. The division of power.

  • Authors

    Geoffrey Brennan, Australian National University, Canberra

    Alan Hamlin, University of Manchester

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