The State of Democratic Theory

The State of Democratic Theory What should we expect from democracy and how likely is it that democracies will live up to those expectations In The State of Democratic Theory Ian Shapiro offers a critical assessment of contempora

  • Title: The State of Democratic Theory
  • Author: Ian Shapiro
  • ISBN: 9780691123967
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • What should we expect from democracy, and how likely is it that democracies will live up to those expectations In The State of Democratic Theory, Ian Shapiro offers a critical assessment of contemporary answers to these questions, lays out his distinctive alternative, and explores its implications for policy and political action.Some accounts of democracy s purposes focusWhat should we expect from democracy, and how likely is it that democracies will live up to those expectations In The State of Democratic Theory, Ian Shapiro offers a critical assessment of contemporary answers to these questions, lays out his distinctive alternative, and explores its implications for policy and political action.Some accounts of democracy s purposes focus on aggregating preferences others deal with collective deliberation in search of the common good Shapiro reveals the shortcomings of both, arguing instead that democracy should be geared toward minimizing domination throughout society He contends that Joseph Schumpeter s classic defense of competitive democracy is a useful starting point for achieving this purpose, but that it stands in need of radical supplementation both with respect to its operation in national political institutions and in its extension to other forms of collective association Shapiro s unusually wide ranging discussion also deals with the conditions that make democracy s survival and less likely, with the challenges presented by ethnic differences and claims for group rights, and with the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.Ranging over politics, philosophy, constitutional law, economics, sociology, and psychology, this book is written in Shapiro s characteristic lucid style a style that engages practitioners within the field while also opening up the debate to newcomers.

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    About “Ian Shapiro

    • Ian Shapiro

      Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R Luce Director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University He is known primarily for interventions in debates on democracy and on methods of conducting social science research In democratic theory, he has argued that democracy s value comes primarily from its potential to limit domination rather than, as is conventionally assumed, from its operation as a system of participation, representation, or preference aggregation In debates about social scientific methods, he is chiefly known for rejecting prevalent theory driven and method driven approaches in favor of starting with a problem and then devising suitable methods to study it.



    536 thoughts on “The State of Democratic Theory

    • This is a tremendously influential and important book, and if I hadn't read it so carefully and repeatedly, and written about (what i consider) its shortcomings at some length, I'd almost certainly give it 5 stars. This ranking is probably unfair. He's a leader in taking democratic theory in a far more productive direction than the ubiquitous "deliberative democracy" that's so popular with Germans and Ivy Leaguers these days.


    • Excellent book, well worth reading for any political scientist or student of democratic theory. I found his discussion of aggregative and deliberative democracy and democratic competition especially illuminating.



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