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The Terms of Democracy

Saward, Michael (1998). The Terms of Democracy. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

URL: http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745619903
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Abstract

The Terms of Democracy shows how democracy makes radical demands upon political leaders and citizens alike. By setting out the terms of democracy in a fresh and systematic way, Michael Saward provides compelling responses to many troubling questions in democratic theory.
In a tightly-argued analysis, the book offers innovative accounts of the value of democracy, the links between direct and representative institutions, the question of political community, and trade-offs between democracy and competing values. Building on a justification for democracy which embraces scepticism, Saward argues that democracy means the responsiveness of government to citizens' wishes. He shows why direct democracy and an array of constitutionally guaranteed rights are crucial to democracy. A comprehensive framework for analysing trade-offs of democracy illuminates the interplay between democratic idealism and political realism. The discussion of political community cuts through conventional pessimism to show how democrats can respond positively to sub-group demands for autonomy. The Terms of Democracy will be welcomed by all those engaged in debates about democracy's present and future.

Item Type: Authored Book
ISBN: 0-7456-1991-6, 978-0-7456-1991-0
Keywords: democratic theory; deliberative democracy; direct democracy; responsive rule
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 15777
Depositing User: Michael Saward
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 08:43
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15777
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