A Reader designed to provide students with a broad range of texts on Democracy from Classic Political Philosophy to the present day. Arranged into four sections - 1. Traditional Affirmations of Democracy; 2. Key Concepts; 3. Critiques of Democracy; 4. Contemporary Issues - this Reader features key statements from a large number of writers including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Bentham, Wollstonecraft, Schumpeter, Berlin, Marx, Lenin, Phillips, Rawls, Walzer, Weber, Hayek, Habermas, Scruton, Barry, Giddens, and Mouffe. Key topics include: * Freedom and Autonomy * Equality * Representation * Majority Rule * Citizenship * Marxist and Socialist Critiques * Conservative, Elitist and Authoritarian Critiques * Feminist Critiques * Participation * Rational Choice * Civil Society * The Market * Nationalism * Multiculturalism * Non-Western Perspectives * Deliberation * The Future of Democracy Written with the needs of the student in mind, a general introduction highlights the historical complexity of the subject and guides readers through the current areas of controversy. A comprehensive bibliography is structured to follow the major divisions of the text. This is the only Reader easily available that covers the subject of Democracy in such a broad way. Its comprehensive nature and the editorial commentaries will make it an ideal text for students. Key Features: *Democracy is a core element of all Politics courses - this is the only Reader available in the area * Comprehensive coverage of the core texts on the subject of Democracy makes the Reader likely to become a set text on Democracy courses * Broad-ranging - moves from classical political philosophy to the future of democracy * Accessible - assumes no prior familiarity with the subject
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At a time when democracy appears to be universally acclaimed as the only acceptable form of government, it is all the more necessary to be clear about what democracy means. Democracy: A Reader provides a range of pivotal statements on this important topic from supporters and defenders as well as critics and skeptics.About the Author:
Ricardo Blaug is a Reader in Democratic Theory at the University of Westminster. John Schwarzmantel is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leeds. He is author of Ideology and Politics (Sage, 2008) and Citizenship and Identity (Routledge, 2003).
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Descripción Edinburgh University Press, 2001. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 074861267X